Henry Burris is taking his talents to Ottawa, leaving Winnipeg in the cold.After putting up a 3-15 mark with a variety of quarterbacks in 2013, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers came into this offseason determined to get better at the position. So far, though, that hasn't worked out for them despite the abundance of quarterbacks on the market. Both Zach Collaros and Henry Burris were released by their teams in advance of free agency, and the Bombers went after both, but Collaros opted to go to Hamilton instead (triggering the Burris release), and Burris elected to join the Ottawa Redblacks. That's left Winnipeg in the cold, with only limited options. From Kirk Penton of The Winnipeg Sun:
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have been spurned by their second quarterback in as many weeks, but this one really hurts. ...
Winnipeg put in an offer for free agent pivot Zach Collaros last week, but the former Toronto Argonauts backup signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats instead. Burris is the one the Bombers really wanted, but he has instead agreed to sign with his former Calgary coaches, Mike Gibson and Rick Campbell, in the nation’s capital.
Bombers GM Kyle Walters was offering between $300,000 and $350,000 a season for Burris to help get the Blue and Gold out of the volcano that was their 3-15 campaign in 2013 and be a reason to give fans some short-term hope.
The Burris signing leaves Kevin Glenn’s status up in the air. The RedBlacks took Glenn from the Calgary Stampeders in the expansion draft, and it’s unlikely both he and Burris will start the season in Ottawa. ...
Winnipeg is also believed to be interested in Saskatchewan Roughriders backup quarterback Drew Willy, who will become a free agent next week.
Choosing between Kevin Glenn and Drew Willy isn't exactly an appetizing prospect, but it may be what the Bombers are left with. Neither's all that attractive of a choice at the moment, though. Glenn's a 13-year CFL veteran, and a guy who had success in Winnipeg before, and his 2013 stats with Calgary were reasonably impressive (2,710 yards, 18 touchdowns against seven interceptions, a 66.7 per cent completion rate), but they weren't on the level of Burris, who led the league with 4,925 passing yards (which explains why Ottawa would go after Burris despite already having Glenn). Glenn's also 34, so while he could have some good years left, he's not a long-term solution, and although he was more efficient than Burris last year in completion percentage and TD/INT, it's tough to say he's the better quarterback at this moment in time. He also didn't exactly part ways on good terms with current Bombers' offensive coordinator Marcel Bellefeuille, who implemented a two-quarterback system with Glenn and Quinton Porter in 2011, his last year as the head coach in Hamilton. Winnipeg could well wind up with Glenn, and he might provide them with a decent stabilizing veteran presence for a while, but for those fans who had dreams of Collaros or Burris, that would seem to be a disappointing outcome.Read More »from What’s next for the Bombers, now that Henry Burris has turned them down?