Riders find slim pickings in QB hunt
Tue Dec 27 2005
REGINA -- Everyone in Saskatchewan, it seems, wants the Saskatchewan Roughriders to acquire a top-flight Canadian Football League quarterback.
That's easier said than done, particularly after the Ottawa Renegades locked up Kerry Joseph with a five-year, $2-million deal and the Edmonton Eskimos dealt Jason Maas to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
If Roughriders general manager Roy Shivers and head coach/assistant GM Danny Barrett are also interested in acquiring a quarterback -- and they apparently are -- who's left for them to pursue?
Only Dave Dickenson, a talented, 33-year-old, brittle pivot who earns $400,000 annually for playing roughly half a season with the B.C. Lions. Dickenson's availability hinges on Casey Printers, his understudy, who is seeking National Football League opportunities despite being offered $1.2 million over three years to remain with the Lions and ostensibly become their starter. If Printers stays in B.C., Dickenson will be dealt.
The Toronto Argonauts are reportedly interested in Dickenson, too, so he can replace 42-year-old quarterback Damon Allen. And the Winnipeg Blue Bombers might also join the party. If he stays healthy, Dickenson can give the Roughriders the much-needed, on-field leader they lost when free-agent Henry Burris bolted for Calgary nine months ago. But the Roughriders will have to surrender draft picks and starters to get Dickenson. Remember: They could have retained Burris if they had sacrificed only one player, quarterback Nealon Greene, whose status with the Roughriders has now dropped off the radar. Losing Burris was the beginning of Saskatchewan's downfall.