Henry Burris Signs 4 Year Extension

Mike BurseCorrespondent IJune 28, 2009

The MVP of last years Grey Cup game has signed a four year contract that will keep him in Calgary until the ripe age of 38. Last season Burris led the Stampeders to a 13-5 record which included a Grey Cup win over Montreal.

He has a long history of winning in Calgary dating back to his days as a third string quarterback in Calgary's 1998 Grey Cup win. It is a apparent that he has a love for the city of Calgary and winning. This appears to be a match made in heaven, as the Stampeders now have stability at the quarterback position for the next four seasons.

While he did want to be paid close to his market value, being a true leader, Burris appears to have accepted less money in order to help keep a more talented core around himself. This is the type of player you want to be leading your franchise into the future.

He plays somewhat similar to Damon Allen, in that rushing is very much a part of his game. I can see Burris playing into his forties as he does not have a history of injury and from all comments around the league he is in incredible shape. He also did not start playing many games until he was 28 as he pursued the NFL and spent most of his time on practice rosters.

Could we see him top 5,000 yards passing and 30 touchdown passes next season as he did in 2008. I believe we can, as the Stampeders still have a good core of receivers including Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis, and Brett Ralph. I do not see this offence slowing down anytime soon.

Unfortunately Burris will start the season with many of his lineman injured. To date: Jeff Pilon and Derek Armstrong will not play the first regular season game and Jesse Newman is questionable. Burris may need to be ready to go on the run more often until his protectors are back in front of him again.

Look for at least one more Grey Cup in Calgary before Burris' four year deal is complete.