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Burris Signs With REDBLACKS
Kyle Scott/ Staff

OTTAWA -- It didn't take long for Henry Burris to find a new home in the CFL. Tuesday, the Ottawa REDBLACKS announced the signing of the veteran QB to three-year contract.

The announcement comes just five days after Burris was released by the Tiger-Cats following the team's signing of Zach Collaros.

The Spiro, Oklahoma native becomes the fourth quarterback on the team's pre-season depth chart, joining Kevin Glenn, Thomas DeMarco and Matt Faulkner.

Burris Signing All Upside For REDBLACKS

"Henry's been signed here to be our starting quarterback. Any job is up for competition, we have three experienced quarterbacks," said head coach Rick Campbell.

In 2013, Burris guided the Tiger-Cats to an appearance in the 101st Grey Cup in Regina.

The 38-year-old had a strong year under centre for the Ticats, leading the league in passing yards with 4,925, along with 24 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

"Henry's credentials speak for themselves. His addition to our team's depth chart is a major step for our team and our organization," said REDBLACKS general manager Marcel Desjardins.

"Henry is a true professional both on and off the field and we all know that he will be ready to compete when our training camp begins this spring."

Burris first arrived in Hamilton after spending seven years in Calgary. He was acquired by the Ticats in 2012 in exchange for Glenn, who was selected by the REDBLACKS in the December Expansion Draft.

"I'm very excited to make Ottawa my next CFL home," said Burris. "I've heard many great things about the new stadium and how people are getting pumped about football coming back to Ottawa. I'm really looking forward to being part of that scene."

Burris brings an impressive list of credentials to Ottawa:

- Ranks fourth in all-time CFL regular season passing yardage (51,529) behind Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen and Danny McManus.
- Ranks fourth in all-time CFL regular-season touchdown passes (324) and needs nine to equal Ron Lancaster for third at 333.
- Ranks fourth in all-time CFL completions with 3,672; behind Calvillo (5,892), Allen (5,158), Ricky Ray (3,780)
- Winner of two Grey Cups, both with the Calgary Stampeders in 1998 and 2008.
- Named MVP of the 2008 Grey Cup (328 passing yards and 79 rushing yards).


Fan Comments
I've always wondered- why exactly does Ottawa have to always have their team name in all uppercase?
February 05, 2014 - 7:44pm
Orange & Black
Because Ottawa is the CAPITAL of Canada?
February 06, 2014 - 3:46am
Kevin Glenn just cannot catch a break. What does the guy have to do to get the respect he deserves. He's the Rodney Dangerfield of the CFL.
February 05, 2014 - 3:31pm
I never thought I would say this, but poor Winnipeg for not getting a starting QB that would take them seriously
February 05, 2014 - 7:13am
als rule
@S100: not poor BUT lucky to escape from HB and his off the wall contract!!
February 05, 2014 - 4:28pm
A good signing for the REDBLACKS especially with the way so many starting qbs got hurt last season and look at how having 3 capable qbs paid off for the Stampeders. That REDBLACKS hat is sharp
February 05, 2014 - 1:33am
Orange & Black
What a kick in the head for Kevin Glenn!
February 05, 2014 - 1:13am
A Winnipeg paper reported that Burris signed for $700k. The deep pockets in Ottawa have no regard for the cap.
February 05, 2014 - 1:09am
als rule
@BB99: has to be over 3 years which is $2.3 million per year which ottawa really thinks is a bargain!! thank goodness winnipeg you had a lucky escape!!
February 05, 2014 - 10:05am
What calculator are you using?
February 05, 2014 - 10:00pm
als rule
H123: the broken one!! good pick up thanx!! not $2.3M/year BUT $2.33K/year!!
February 06, 2014 - 10:05pm
This is just a ploy by the Redblacks to try and pry a starting player from the Bombers. No way that they intend to keep AND PAY Burris, Glenn, and Demarco for very long. They will now try to peddle one of the three to Winnipeg, probably Glenn or Burris, for a starting player.
February 04, 2014 - 8:44pm
als rule
why is the draft moved up?!!
February 04, 2014 - 7:27pm
Stat holiday in Ontario and Alberta on the 17th (Family in ON) where 4/9 teams reside. Also a holiday in at least two other provinces - not sure but BC could be one. Maybe they can't get the deals registered with the league in a timely manner as a result.
February 05, 2014 - 9:08am
als rule
@TFmcb: thanx.
February 05, 2014 - 4:27pm
als rule
is that not the same suit, shirt and tie rick campbell is wearing that he wore the day GM desjardins introduced him as the ottawa HC?!! why's the CFL canadian draft moved up to the 11th of this month?!!
February 04, 2014 - 5:48pm
I'm betting Glenn will be the starter after about 4 or 5 games Burris doesn't have the temperment or teaching skills to help a young ball club.
February 04, 2014 - 5:21pm
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