Redblacks GM rules out Burris return

Ottawa suffered a major blow with the loss of Trevor Harris for two-to-six weeks, but Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins gave a definitive answer on whether or not the team would contact 2016 Grey Cup MVP Henry Burris.

Burris completed 35-of-46 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns, adding two more on the ground, to upset Calgary 39-33 in overtime to win the CFL title game last November. The 41-year-old announced his retirement in January. That meant Harris was anointed as Ottawa’s No. 1 pivot.

And early this season, Burris had a theory that the team was struggling because he wasn’t there. Desjardins clearly doesn’t feel the same way.


16 Comments on Redblacks GM rules out Burris return

  1. Beth Dalley // September 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm //

    He can play with his cute baby

  2. white stallion in red // September 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm //

    My god Burris has become the most over rated player in CFL history. This guy managed 1 good half in the Greycup last year and suddenly he’s the best ever. How quickly people forget the ball sailing past him and every player on the field in pursuit as he stands frozen shrugging his shoulders in 2013 Greycup after a bad snap.

  3. Paul Bomber // September 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm //

    He trashed Ottawa earlier this year with their poor start saying something to the effect of “What do you expect… the team lost all their leaders”. JUST a little self serving. I wonder if that has anything to do with their lack of interest? Tate will be just fine (as long as he doesn’t get broken again).

  4. Rubbish that Burris’ theory was due to him alone not being there. That’s wrong and the writers here know that. That’s a potentially valid interpretation, yes but he referred to losses beyond just him.

    The question of Burris coming back is a bit naive but I get why it’d be asked if only to eliminate it. The RBs could have said that he retired and has a new career and left it at that versus sounding like it’s a terse NO, or is this just the writers’ further spin.

    • Paul Bomber // September 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm //

      I think what he actually said was Ottawa lost all their leaders and left it for others to speculate who the leader(s) were. But all he did last year was whine about not getting the respect he deserves from TSN and whut-knot, so I’ll cut the 3down writers some slack here, but point taken.

    • I heard an interview with Desjardins yesterday. This is the last question to come up, and Desjardins just says “No…no”. He sounds like he finds the question ridiculous, as he should.

      Assuming that the article is based on that interview, “no” is really all he said. I think you’re right that he wanted to kill it right away and not have it come back every week that a QB struggles or gets hurt.

  5. I should have added that the RBs could have reinforced their belief in Drew Tate. Even better than just no to Burris.

  6. CFL IS CANADA // September 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm //

    Drew Tate was a starter and will be again.
    Ottawa will be fine

  7. OMG…if Burris returns…yet another team, he will claim he saved.

    If he fails…of course Burris will blame others….

  8. Imagine how big his head would get if Ottawa did that.

    • Maybe that is the reason why the RB’s aren’t bringing him back…the doors to the dressing room can’t accommodate his big head..and would overheat the place with all his hot air…

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