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Sources: Stampeders send QB Burris to Tiger-Cats for Glenn and DeWit

01/02/2012 07:44 EST | Updated 03/03/2012 05:12 EST
Henry Burris is Hamilton-bound.

The Calgary Stampeders dealt the veteran quarterback to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Monday night in a three-player deal, according to two league sources requesting anonymity.

In return, the Stampeders receive quarterback Kevin Glenn, an 11-year veteran who spent the last three seasons with Hamilton. They also get offensive lineman Mark Dewit, a Calgary native who played his college football at the University of Calgary, and future considerations.

Officials with the Stampeders offered no comment on the trade and the Ticats did not immediately respond to questions from The Canadian Press. There was also no mention of the deal on Burris's website.

But Glenn tweeted on Sunday: "NEW & EXCITING THINGS IN MY FUTURE!! CAN'T WAIT (Bart Scott voice)."

The deal ends months of speculation regarding Burris's future in Calgary after losing his starting job to backup Drew Tate late last season. But it became crystal clear last week that the six-foot-two, 219-pound Burris's days in Alberta were numbered after the Stampeders signed Tate to a long-term contract extension.

Calgary finished tied with B.C. and Edmonton for the CFL's best record at 11-7. But the Stampeders were relegated to third in the West Division after losing the season series to the Lions and Eskimos, then ended the campaign with a 33-19 semifinal loss to the Esks.

The 36-year-old Burris, the CFL's outstanding player in 2010, was in his second stint with the Stampeders and spent a total of nine seasons there. He is Calgary's all-time leader in passing yards (32,171), touchdowns (233) and completions (2,167).

Burris, who turns 37 in June, heads to Hamilton with one year remaining on his CFL contract and is due a big roster bonus Feb. 1, prompting suggestions the Ticats will restructure his deal to make it more salary-cap friendly.

But the Ticats to acquire a veteran quarterback who, when on his game, remains one of the CFL's best. Not only does Burris have a strong throwing arm, but his mobility makes him a double threat to also run the football.

Glenn, 32, opened the season as Hamilton's starter but ended up splitting the starting duties with late in the year with backup Quinton Porter as Hamilton finished third in the East Division standings with an 8-10 record. But the Ticats dispatched Montreal in the conference semifinal before losing to Winnipeg in the final.

Calgary will become Glenn's fourth CFL stop. He began his career in Saskatchewan before heading to Winnipeg, where he helped lead the Blue Bombers to the 2007 Grey Cup. But he didn't play in the title game after suffering a shoulder injury in the East Division final.

Over his 11-year CFL career, the five-foot-10, 205-pound Glenn has passed for 32,446 yards with 179 touchdowns and 128 interceptions.

The six-foot-three, 305-pound Dewit became Hamilton's starting centre late in the season after incumbent Marwan Hage suffered a knee injury. Dewit was a 2008 sixth-round draft pick of the Toronto Argonauts.

The Tiger-Cats are still searching for a new head coach after firing Marcel Bellefeuille on Nov. 30.

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