Glenn happy to join Stamps

Hamilton Tiger-Cats' quarterback Kevin Glenn throws a pass against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during...

Hamilton Tiger-Cats' quarterback Kevin Glenn throws a pass against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the first half of their CFL Eastern final football game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nov., 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:08 PM ET

In joining the Calgary Stampeders, Kevin Glenn has a number problem.

However, that digit dilemma has nothing to do with his designated spot on the depth chart.

After wearing No. 5 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Glenn would like to take the same one with the Stamps following his trade for Henry Burris.

Five is retired in Calgary. As is 10, the quarterback’s college number.

What to do? Every other single digit with the Stamps is currently taken, and he wants a low number.

“Does that mean I have to wear No. 1?” said Glenn, knowing full well Burris beared that digit for the Stamps during his decorated career. “I won’t do that. Maybe I have to bribe someone to get a good number.

“Hopefully that guy likes one of those steak places in Calgary.”

If finding the veteran pivot a number to wear is the toughest problem the Stamps have with Glenn, they will have won the blockbuster trade that was officially announced Tuesday morning.

After seven CFL seasons with the Stamps, Burris will resume his chase of all-time career yardage records in Hamilton.

Burris restructured his contract with the Ticats, taking a $100,000 signing bonus for the same reduction in his salary for 2012.

While Burris made it clear he wouldn’t come to Stampeders training camp as a caddy to Drew Tate, Glenn doesn’t have that same issue.

In fact, he’s pumped to be with the Stampeders and away from the situation with the Ticats, where he was part of a rotation with Quinton Porter in the final stages of the 2011 campaign.

That isn’t to say Glenn won’t push hard for the starting role, but he’s fine with having the No. 2 status.

“You just want an opportunity,” Glenn said. “Everyone is under the impression we will all come in and compete.

“There is more certainty in Calgary than in Hamilton right now. That’s why I’m excited, to not have to go through that situation again.

“I’m being put into a better situation. Drew did some good things — he was able to unseat Henry for the job. I’m ready to compete and do whatever I can to help Calgary win.”

When Glenn signed with the Tiger-Cats, they had endured years of mediocrity and were a perennial CFL bottom-feeder.

He helped get them into the playoffs three straight seasons and led them to their first post-season win in a decade with a shootout against the Montreal Alouettes.

In the East Division final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Glenn left with an injury and the Ticats fell short of the Grey Cup.

Despite his 61-63-1 regular-season record as a starter, Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel is a fan of Glenn.

“Kevin has impressed me ever since I came in the league,” Hufnagel said. “He has his style of playing. He’s productive.

“I look forward to Kevin coming in and showing us what his strengths are and what we need to do to help him out. I want to see him digest the playbook and competing.

“One thing I hear about Kevin is not only he a good player but he’s a good person. Those are the type of players I want on my football team.”

With the way Glenn handled the rotation he was put through under Ticats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille last season, there is no reason to believe he will have a problem working with Tate.

Former Ticats centre Mark Dewit, who came to the Stamps in the trade as well, said Glenn’s reputation as a team-first guy is well deserved.

“He’s always brought a good attitude to the workplace when I was there,” Dewit said. “I’m sure he will be good in whatever role the Stamps have for him.”

Now, if they could only find him a jersey number.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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