CFL

Stamps officially extend QB Tate's contract

The Calgary Stampeders formally announced Wednesday that quarterback Drew Tate has signed a contract extension with the CFL club.
Drew Tate threw for 1,346 yards and eight TDs with the Stampeders this season, replacing Henry Burris as starting quarterback.

The Calgary Stampeders formally announced Wednesday that quarterback Drew Tate has signed a contract extension with the CFL club.

Last month, sources requesting anonymity reported that Tate had signed a three-year extension with Calgary, a move that effectively spelled the end of veteran quarterback Henry Burris's tenure with the Stampeders.

Calgary dealt Burris to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Jan. 3 in a deal that saw former Ticats' starter Kevin Glenn go to Calgary.

Tate replaced Burris as Calgary's No. 1 quarterback late last season, starting the Stampeders' final three regular-season games and the club's 33-19 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos in the West Division semifinal.

Tate finished 101-of-158 passing (63.9 per cent) with 1,346 passing yards and eight TDs while also throwing five interceptions.

"Drew Tate showed last season that he can be a winning starting quarterback in this league," head coach and GM, John Hufnagel said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to see what Drew can do over the course of a full season and also excited that he will be a big part of this club for years to come."

Tate signed with Calgary as a free agent in June 2009.

"I enjoyed 2011 more than any season to date in my CFL career and I can't wait to get started in 2012," said Tate. "It's an honour to return to the Stamps and I look forward to working with Kevin Glenn and Brad Sinopoli, along with the rest of the offence."