December 22, 2015

Stamps lock up another potential FA; sign Burnett to extension

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders continue to check players off their free agency list.  The club announced Tuesday that they have signed international defensive back Joe Burnett to a contract extension.

“Joe played great football at cornerback for us and it was unfortunate that his season was cut short by injury,” said Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel. “I look forward to seeing Joe back at full strength and speed in training camp so that he can try to pick up where he left off.”

Burnett, who had been eligible to become a free agent in February, played 13 games during his first season with the Red and White. He earned a starting job at cornerback in Week 6 and excelled until suffering a season-ending injury on Sept. 25 in Winnipeg.


Burnett totalled 25 tackles, three tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, eight knockdowns and two interceptions on the year. He also returned 12 punts for 139 yards.

A four-year CFL veteran, Burnett played three seasons with the Eskimos before signing with Calgary on Apr. 10, 2015. He was a CFL all-star in 2012 when he led the league with six interceptions.

“I enjoyed my first season with the Stamps and I’m working hard to come back strong in 2016,” said Burnett. “I just want to put my hand in the pile and contribute in any way the team needs me.”

Yesterday, the Stampeders inked defensive end Junior Turner to an extension and the week before locked up national receiver Anthony Parker.