I'm happy to hear this, what does everyone else think?
Could cause issues though ... Lewis, Cope, Thurmon, Rambo and now Boerigter crowding the receiving corps ...
Also, there's the "risk" of Boerigter being in the twilight of his career, plus he suffered a bad ACL injury (there don't seem to be good ones) a couple years back.
Still, I was sad to see this guy leave, and so I'm glad he's back.
It's also nice to hear him say that he'd rather play up here, even though it pays less ...
CALGARY (CP) - The Calgary Stampeders have signed receiver Marc Boerigter to a multi-year contract, bringing back a star from their last Grey Cup.
The 28-year-old from Hasting, Neb., began his pro career with the Stamps in 2000 and left after two seasons with the CFL club to pursue an NFL career Boerigter and quarterback Marcus Crandell connected for a spectacular 68-yard touchdown late in the first half of the 2001 Grey Cup en route to Calgary's 27-19 victory.
Boerigter was signed and released by both the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts this year after spending four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"The door would have been open for me to go to an NFL camp this coming season, but I didn't really want to do it," Boerigter said Monday at a news conference at McMahon Stadium.
"I didn't want to be that guy hanging on the next couple of years just to chase some money around even though the money (in the NFL) is better."
"I wanted to get back to playing football and being in a situation where I was wanted and could contribute and play at high level."
Boerigter had his best NFL season in 2002, when he played in all 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs and recorded 20 receptions for 420 yards and eight touchdowns.
The six-foot-three, 220-pound receiver caught 11 passes for 158 yards the following season and then missed all of 2004 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
He had eight receptions for 119 yards in 10 games for the Chiefs in 2005.
While the Stampeders lost in the West Division final at home for a second straight year, the team had the second-best offence in the league behind division rival and Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions.
Calgary general manager Jim Barker does not want to play second fiddle to the Lions in that department in 2007.
"Congratulations to the B.C. Lions, but out quest now is to become better than them and this is the first step," Barker said.
"This was an important step for us to get our off-season started."
Boerigter is aware of the unfulfilled expectations in Calgary's last two post-seasons.
"We as an organization need to take a step forward to competing with the B.C.'s of the world and taking another step to winning the Western Division and winning some playoff games," he said.
"Ultimately that's why I'm here and I feel I can bring a lot to the table."
Boerigter may be a big-name signing, but the club already has top talent at receiver with Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis and Ken-yon Rambo, along with league-leading rusher Joffrey Reynolds.
Head coach Tom Higgins will be challenged to keep everyone's ego is satisfied.
"Very carefully," Higgins said when asked how to distribute the ball in a star-laden offence. "It's a great challenge to have and you let everything unfold as it has to.
"Right now, Marc is just another weapon we were able to add to our arsenal."
Copeland says he doesn't feel threatened by Boerigter's arrival.
"The ball will be spread around a bunch and another receiver is not problem with us," Copeland said. "It's just a matter of getting a playmaker out there who can make plays whenever the chance is there.
"It's not a bad thing to have a bunch of weapons out there. You never know when the offensive threat is coming from."http://sports.sympatico.msn.ca/CFL/