Joffrey Reynolds won’t be riding off into the sunset of retirement just yet.
But the all-time franchise rushing leader is quite positive he’s played his final game with the Calgary Stampeders.
If Reynolds’ outstanding tenure ends, he goes out as a healthy scratch.
He was forced to watch the Stamps lose the CFL West Division semifinal 33-19 to the Edmonton Eskimos from his couch Sunday without the chance to do anything about the outcome. So it’s not news to him there isn’t much of a future with this team, even though he does have a contract for next season.
“I don’t know what changes will be made,” Reynolds said. “I’m sure management is going to try and go a different way.
“By no means do I feel that I’m at the end of my road or trying to squeeze out a couple of years. I still feel healthy and I don’t feel I’ve lost a step. The only thing now is to prove that I can get it done with the right opportunity.”
Reynolds finishes his tenure with the Stamps at 9,213 rushing yards, which is good enough for seventh on the CFL’s all-time list.
The 2011 season was his only full campaign in which he didn’t reach the 1,000-yard plateau, and he was replaced by Jon Cornish as the starter in Week 13.
Cornish racked up yardage to prove the switch was the correct call. In the West semi-final loss, the offence sputtered but Cornish didn’t, as the 27-year-old Canadian ran for 127 yards on 14 carries.
With Cornish as the starter and LaMarcus Coker as a threatening backup, there isn’t any room for Reynolds.
The Stamps could also use the money spent on his salary to create cap space and shore up other areas.
Reynolds would like to figure out his next destination as quickly as possible.
“If I could get one right now, that would be good,” the soon-to-be 32-year-old said. “Again, I don’t know. I haven’t got the word. I know as much as you all do. I hope to get an answer soon.”
If there is one regret Reynolds has from his time with the Stampeders is the fact the team only won one Grey Cup.
Every year since 2005, they’ve been playoff contenders, finishing first twice (2008 and 2010) but suffering heartbreaking defeats every year except for 2008. Much like the Stamps teams of the 1990s, they probably should have come away with more titles.
“That’s the biggest thing you regret as an athlete,” Reynolds said. “You only have so many times to be on a good team. To squander that away in terms of being underachieving leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
“I would consider us underachieving during my time here. I always thought we had the opportunities of being the best team in this league, and we’ve only proven that one time.”
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