Three-year deal would be worth about $400,000 per year according to Vancouver Province
By Lowell Ullrich,
Casey Printers may not have liked how he was treated by the Lions last season, but he can't say the same about their approach towards him so far this winter.
On his last day before leaving on a month-long Hawaiian vacation, Lions coach Wally Buono made a minimum three-year contract offer to the quarterback which is in excess of the back-ended deal for $1 million he turned down prior to last season.
A source close to the negotiation Sunday pegged the average annual value of the contract at the $400,000 mark and it is clear that Printers is considering the proposal.
"He smiled and said 'not bad'," agent Jason Medlock told CKNW.
Printers said last week that he would not forget the way in which the Lions treated him during his third CFL season, in which he was bothered by toe and shoulder problems.
But it was not enough to prevent Buono from Friday tabling a proposal that would force Printers to consider the Lions as he continues his option-year NFL tryouts.
Printers has workouts set for Oakland today and Detroit Friday, Medlock told the station. Buono's offer would not alter that timetable, as NFL teams can't sign option-year players until Jan. 2 although talks can take place now.
Buono's offer is another sign the club does not wish to go further with Dave Dickenson, who showed signs of frustration with the process in an interview with The Province last week.
"If that's the way [Buono] is going to play it, then just say it that way," Dickenson said. "But he's never told me that." Dickenson said he thinks a concussion he suffered in an Oct. 1 game against Saskatchewan changed B.C.'s plan to let Printers try the NFL without offering him a contract.