Boerigter talks

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

LEAWOOD, Kan. -- Eyes fixed lovingly on one-year-old Macie as she crawls around the basement of his 3,000-sq.-ft. home in suburban Kansas City, Marc Boerigter admits she'll likely grow up elsewhere.

On the tail end of another disappointing season with the Kansas City Chiefs, the former Stampeders receiver now has plans to move his family back to Calgary.

Despite using his combination of size and speed to lead the NFL club in receiving two straight pre-seasons, the 27-year-old was relegated to a bit role, playing in just 10 of 16 games this season.

And so, as an unrestricted free agent who will likely shop his services, Big Bo wants to set up a home base in Cowtown where he met his wife Petra.

"I just love Calgary and I miss it a lot," said Boerigter, whose wife hails from Leduc, just outside Edmonton.

"We're going to look for a place in Calgary but it all depends where we end up and how long I sign for. I'm kind of at the point where it could go either way."

Meaning he could find an NFL team looking to use his skill set as a starter or he could see his $500,000 minimum salary squeeze him out of a league forever re-stocking with younger, flashier talents.

Early indications are the 6-ft. 3-in., 220-lb. Nebraskan will draw plenty of interest.

"This year kind of took the fun out of it," admitted Boerigter, frustrated after fighting back from season-ending knee surgery in 2004 to be thrown just eight passes in 2005 -- the same number of TD grabs he led the team with three years earlier.

"I can contribute more than I have but the problem is there are only so many footballs to go around here with (Dante) Hall, (Eddie) Kennison, (Tony) Gonzalez, Priest (Holmes) and (Larry) Johnson. I'm kind of looking forward to free agency because I can go to a fresh team and make an impression."

Having chatted with opposing coaches throughout the season, the veteran of four NFL seasons senses there will be interest around the league as the man who made $656,000 US looks for more playing time.

Having forged a solid relationship with QB Trent Green and becoming a respected member of the community for his charitable foundation (not to mention the owner of an NFL-record 99-yard touchdown grab), the possibility of re-signing with the Chiefs is not being ruled out thanks to the recent coaching overhaul.

Also, Plan C -- as in CFL -- is also a viable option.

"If things don't work out down here, I would definitely be open to going back to the CFL," said Boerigter, whose office is filled with footballs and photos of the Stamps' 2001 Grey Cup win. "There's a lot of talent up there that could play here but it's all about getting an opportunity."

Having lost his opportunity in K.C., Boerigter still wonders if he should have signed in Indianapolis four years back when the Colts offered him more money (he got a CFL-record $175,000 US signing bonus by the Chiefs). Thing is, the Colts were stacked with receivers.

The Chiefs seemed a good fit.

"I'm disappointed with the fact I feel I haven't performed up to what my abilities are capable of," said Boerigter, who says he's still approached by fans wearing Stamps jerseys in almost every stadium.

"Next year -- I don't know -- the dynamics of the team might change a lot."

And so might his address.


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