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Joffrey Reynolds. (Photo by JIM WELLS/Calgary Sun)

Joffrey Reynolds. (Photo by JIM WELLS/Calgary Sun)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

The grass may have been greener on the other side, but Joffrey Reynolds didn't bother to find out.

The pending CFL free-agent was taken off the market a month before he was open to the highest bidder, but in the running back's mind, there was nowhere else to sign but with the Calgary Stampeders.

"I knew that playing in Calgary is where I wanted to stay," Reynolds said. "You never know as a player how it's going to go business-wise. As far as me being a Stampeder, I'm kind of biased, but this is the only place I know. This is where I want to be.

"Unless somebody blew me out of the water with an offer, it still would have been hard to leave."

Although he just turned 30, Reynolds keeps improving, and he hopes to dispel the myth that age is a finish line for running backs.

Based on last season, he's right. Reynolds led the league in yards from scrimmage in 2009 and was named the West Division's most outstanding player.

Since joining the Stamps in 2004, the Tyler, Tex., product hasn't missed a game due to injury, which makes him extremely valuable because of his consistency.

And with 756 rushing yards in 2010, Reynolds would become the franchise leader in that category, surpassing perennial 1,000-yard back Kelvin Anderson.

"When you start out, stuff like that is far away," Reynolds said. "For me to be coming up on it now ... it's still a long way away.

"Speaking in terms of a running back, that's a lot of work during a football season. I'm up for the challenge. I just want to improve as a player and help Calgary be a successful team."

By signing early, Reynolds probably left money on the table, but he wanted to continue the success he's had with the Stamps. The 2008 Grey Cup champions expect to have Henry Burris back at quarterback throwing to the likes of Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo.

It's been that way since 2005 and Reynolds didn't want to break up the band.

"We have been here for five years, and that's a long time," Reynolds said. "The chemistry we have would have been a process to go through somewhere else.

"I want to retire as a Stampeder. Football is a year-to-year thing. You never know as far as health or production or management where it's going to head.

"If I was going based off today, I feel as good as I did when I came to Calgary. I feel blessed not to have major injuries and not be slowed down by the amount of football I played."

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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