Canadian Football League

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Printers to be highest paid Canadian Football League player?

It appears that quarterback Casey Printers' ultimatum to British Columbia Lions management was enough to get the ball rolling toward a new contract.
Just one day after Printers set out a timeline for negotiating a new deal, the B.C. Lions have presented an offer to their star pivot.

Quarterback Casey Printers and his agent are trying to negotiate a new deal with the B.C. Lions before training camp.Printers' agent Jason Medlock told the Team 1040, a Vancouver sports radio station, that the Lions offered his client a three-year contract worth $1 million. Medlock and Printers were looking for the deal to be worth $1.4 over three years, which would make Printers the highest paid player in the Canadian Football League.
Printers, the CFL's most outstanding player last year, is obligated to play for the Lions in 2005 and then is free to explore other options.
On Tuesday, Medlock, on behalf of Printers, told Lions management to sign the player before training camp or Printers would head south next season.
"We're not in a rush, but we won't be talking when the season starts," Medlock told the Vancouver Province.
"(Printers) will be in his option year and we hope the club doesn't want us negotiating with the NFL."
Printers, 23, flourished in his second season with B.C., throwing for 5,088 yards and a league-high 35 touchdowns for the Western Division champions.
Printers connected on 325 of 494 pass attempts for a 65.8 per cent completion rate, tying him with Edmonton's Jason Maas for first in the CFL.
He was also the top rushing quarterback with 469 yards on 82 carries (5.7-yard average).
After taking over from an injured Dave Dickenson and leading B.C. to a 13-5 record, Printers was benched for the team's 27-19 Grey Cup loss to Toronto in November.
Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono talked with Medlock on Monday and seemed satisfied with the status of negotiations.
"I could put something together tomorrow," he said, "but I'd rather give some thought to it so we can make some progress."


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