Argonauts in Stamps QB's future?

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

CALGARY - At this point in his career, it would be strange to see Henry Burris wearing anything but Red and White.

But the seven-year Calgary Stampeders starting quarterback knows he could be in different colours next year.

Now that Drew Tate is the starter and Burris is watching from the bench wearing a large overcoat, there is a real chance the 36-year-old will be elsewhere next season.

Maybe in double blue.

While there are still two games left in the 2011 regular-season and the Stampeders are in the West Division playoff chase, it’s hard not to wonder what the future will be for the CFL’s seventh most-prolific passer of all-time.

When it comes to possible destinations, the Toronto Argonauts constantly come up as the most obvious place.

The Argos have struggled at quarterback the past few seasons, and they host the 100th Anniversary of the Grey Cup next year.

There is a great need for stability, and Burris would bring that, plus a chance at making a playoff run.

Although the Argos are excited about the future of Steven Jyles, that franchise always wants a marquee name leading their team because that’s the best way to get attention in the Big Smoke.

Burris isn’t getting into next year talk just yet, but he realizes he could be finishing out the final year on this contract elsewhere.

“With the situation right now, it might be inevitable,” Burris said Saturday. “I just go with the flow. I haven’t been thinking towards that.

“It’s something that was mentioned in my house. My wife is an athlete, so she understands that this season isn’t done yet. She’s says, ‘You are a quarterback who wins championships, not games.’ That’s what I’m focused on. I did what I could to get the team into playoffs.

“That part’s been done, so I will do whatever it takes now to win a championship. I don’t care about the little things. At the end of the year, we’ll see where the cards lay.”

There is a long history of veteran quarterbacks going to the Argos to finish out their CFL careers.

While not all of them were successful, there are some examples of situations that worked out well.

Damon Allen was traded from the B.C. Lions to the Argos in 2003 when Dave Dickenson signed in Vancouver, and Allen was the Grey Cup MVP in 2004, leading Toronto to the victory over those Lions.

Doug Flutie joined the Argos in 1996 for back-to-back championships seasons.

Then there is the Kerry Joseph deal. The Saskatchewan Roughriders sent Joseph to Toronto, and the 2007 CFL most outstanding player had two ill-fated seasons with the Boatmen.

There is still a chance Burris could come back as Tate’s backup, but at age 37 and with some good football left in him, that might not be his best option.

“We will sit down and talk,” Burris said. “I know I can still be a starting quarterback. I know I can still win championships.

“I had a great run here in Calgary. We will talk about whatever is on the table. I’m still property of this team, and this is where I want to be.

“We will sit down and try to work something out. Just like I want to be on the field, I’m with this team always. This team has done a lot for me and we’ve had a lot of great experiences throughout my life.

“This city has done a lot for my family. No. 1, we want to be here, but I want to play also. Sometimes, it’s not your complete decision. You are only 50% of the issue.”


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