January 2, 2012
Burris era over in CalgaryStamps, Ticats set to swap QBs
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - The Henry Burris era is done in Calgary.
The Calgary Stampeders have a trade in principal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to ship the franchise's leading passer to the East Division in exchange for fellow QB Kevin Glenn and offensive lineman Mark Dewit.
Sources say the deal is done but final details -- likely contract restructuring with the star QBs -- have yet to be finalized. Neither team has commented on the move, but an announcement could be made as early as Tuesday.
The writing was on the wall for Burris with three weeks left in the regular season when he was replaced as the Stampeders starting QB by Drew Tate.
Struggling for the better part of two months, Burris was removed for what head coach John Hufnagel said was a 'hesitancy' in his play.
Tate proceeded to win the final three regular-season games, but the 28-year-old was yanked in the West semifinal against the Edmonton Eskimos.
Burris came in relief but couldn't lead a comeback from a 19-point deficit.
Burris leaves the Stamps having won a CFL most outstanding player award (2010) and Grey Cup MVP (2008) after leading the team to a victory over the Montreal Alouettes at Olympic Stadium.
In Glenn, the Stamps would get a solid backup to Tate, although the former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Saskatchewan Roughrider has a sub .500 record as a starter.
Glenn was part of a quarterback controversy of his own during the final months of the regular season, as Ticats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille rotated his pivots.
Getting Dewit as part of the deal is a bonus for the Stampeders. The Calgary product, who played with the University of Calgary Dinos, started the final portion of the CFL season with the Ticats at centre with Marwan Hage out with an injury.
When Dewit joins the Stampeders, it will be with a new offensive line coach. Sources say Kris Sweet, who was with the Stamps as offensive line coach since 2007, will join the Saskatchewan Roughriders under new head coach Corey Chamblin.
Chamblin and Sweet are familiar with each other from three years spent on the Stampeders staff together.
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