Henry Burris got his wish Monday. He’s a starting quarterback in the CFL again, only now it’s with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats instead of the Calgary Stampeders.
Burris was traded to the Ticats in exchange for veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn and Canadian offensive lineman Mark Dewit, a Calgary native.
The deal, which neither club confirmed Monday, was expected soon after the Edmonton Eskimos traded quarterback Ricky Ray to the Toronto Argonauts last month.
With the Burris era at McMahon Stadium now over, Drew Tate now emerges as the Stampeders new starter. Tate replaced Burris late in the 2011 season and was the starter in Calgary’s West Division semi-final loss in Edmonton.
The day after, Burris publicly stated he wasn’t interested in returning to Calgary if he was going to be a backup.
“I’ve done so much and I still have so much more I can do in this game,” Burris said in November. “Right now, it doesn’t feel good to be a puppet. I’m a player. … I think a lot of people are forgetting that when everything happened [and Tate was named the starter] I was still one of the top quarterbacks in the league in every category.”
Stampeders officials have been talking to Tate about extending his contract. Still, given Tate’s lack of CFL experience, the Stamps were keen to add Glenn.
The 32-year-old quarterback was unhappy in Hamilton being relegated to a backup role or splitting time with Quinton Porter. Even so, Glenn threw for 3,963 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2011.
Burris, 36, spent nine seasons with the Stampeders, won a Grey Cup in 2008, and was named the league’s most outstanding player in 2010. His inconsistencies earned the wrath of Stampeders fans, who were quick to boo him last season.
Dewit, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound centre, was originally drafted by the Argonauts but signed with Hamilton as a free agent.