Burris may get offer from Stamps

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

The starting quarterback of the Green Riders could be headed for greener pastures.

If as expected Henry Burris of the Saskatchewan Roughriders opts to become a free agent, the Calgary Stampeders will make him a multi-year offer worth more than $300,000 a season, doubling his current stipend.

Burris began his career with Calgary in 1997 and signed with Saskatchewan as a free agent in 2000. After a year as a starter, he spent two years in the National Football League, then returned to Saskatchewan. He became the Roughriders' starting quarterback early into last season after Nealon Greene suffered a broken left leg against the Argos, and is expected to be the most-coveted player on the free-agent market if he goes that route.

If he leaves Saskatchewan for Calgary, the Stamps will have to deal with their current quarterback, Khari Jones. Jones joined Calgary midway through last year in a trade and receives in excess of $300,000 a season. The Stampeders would be expected to either restructure Jones' contract, trade him or release him.

While the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are looking to add a quarterback, they may have an interest in Ottawa's Darnell Kennedy, who likely will test the free-agent market. He showed some ability last year as a starter.

The Ticats' biggest need is a proven receiver. It's expected they will pursue one of Jeremaine Copeland (Montreal), Ed Hervey (Edmonton) or Chris Brazzell (B.C.), all of whom are expected to become free agents. The Ticats also need a defensive lineman to replace Tim Cheatwood, who bolted to the NFL.

Ottawa could be picked apart in free agency if, as expected, they allow several key players to test the market. Notable names aside from Kennedy include offensive tackle Alexandre Gauthier, linebacker Kelly Wiltshire, defensive lineman Roger Dunbrack and defensive back Kelly Marlborough.

Montreal may lose one of Luke Fritz or Sherko Haji-Rasouli, two young Canadian offensive tackles. Rasouli, who grew up in Toronto, wants to play closer to home.

Winnipeg needs a defensive back, possibly Calgary's Omarr Evans.

B.C. wants to upgrade its defensive line and is expected to talk to the Argos' Eric England, if he opts for free agency. The Lions may also have an interest in Argos linebacker Kevin Eiben, who is from B.C.


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