On Tuesday, the Ottawa Redblacks introduced Henry Burris as their newest quarterback, joining Thomas DeMarco and Kevin Glenn, who were picked up in the expansion draft.
Last week, the Blue Bombers made a substantial multi-year offer to Burris to take over the starter's role. In a telling move, the veteran pivot turned down the offer, choosing instead to join the expansion Redblacks, assuming he thinks they offer a better chance at immediate success.
Do you agree? Are the Redblacks a better option than the Blue Bombers right now?
Last season, the Blue Bombers struggled to a 3-15 season and replaced head coach Tim Burke with Mike O'Shea, the likeable special teams coordinator from the Toronto Argonauts. Marcel Bellefeuille is back as the offensive coordinator, a position he took over last August. Changes are happening in the Manitoba capital in hopes of turning things around in short order.
And in a league the size of the CFL, teams have gone from worst to competitive on many occasions so the Blue Bombers could very well make the playoffs as early as next season. Expansion teams rarely compete for a playoff spot
In Ottawa, winning is not expected to come quickly. With a roster made up of players who were left exposed by existing teams in the expansion draft, it will take some time to build a successful organization. That's what makes this move surprising. At 38 years of age, Burris' window to win is small and yet, he decided the Redblacks offered a better opportunity than the Blue Bombers.
Secondly, by making the offer to Burris after his release from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Blue Bombers made it clear who their starting quarterback would be in Week 1. There would be competition in training camp but the job would be his to lose.
The situation is not so clear cut in the nation's capital. Burris will have fellow veteran Glenn, who likely thought he had the inside track on the starter's role before Tuesday's move, and De Marco, likely the quarterback of the future, to contend with. While the early nod may go to Burris, the other two candidates bring their own talents to the table and will be gunning for that top job.
Many factors go into making the kind of decision Burris made on Tuesday and winning is usually at or near the top of the list for professional athletes.
Taking everything into consideration, Burris decided Ottawa was a better fit than Winnipeg. Do you agree?
Which team do you think offers the best opportunity to win now: Redblacks or Blue Bombers?
As always, it's Your! Call.