Casey jumps to Chiefs

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Casey's gone to K.C. where he'll be a Chief because he couldn't be B.C.'s chief.

Casey Printers is a B.C. Lion no more after he signed a three-year deal yesterday with the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. He'll challenge for the back-up quarterbacking job behind starter Trent Green.

Printers worked out for several National Football League teams during December and chose the Chiefs over the Detroit Lions. The Canadian Football League's most outstanding player of 2004 could've returned to the Lions with a three-year, $1.2 million contract.

"A good opportunity, obviously what he wanted to do," said Lions' receiver Geroy Simon. "For every American, growing up you want to play in the NFL."

Simon said losing a player of Printers' calibre is going to be a blow to the team, but "we still have a great player in Dave Dickenson, he's proven himself to be a winner."

Printers' last appearance in his No. 1 jersey for the Lions was Nov. 20's Western final when he took over from Dickenson late in the fourth quarter and lost 28-23 to eventual Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos. Printers made three of eight passes for 77 yards and was intercepted once.

"I love this organization," a tearful Printers said at the time. "I poured my heart out for this team, I did everything I could."

Two days later, while clearing out his locker at the Lions' Whalley practice facility, he said he would return under the right circumstances. However, he expressed frustration with head coach and general manager Wally Buono.

"He added a lot of flair and excitement to our organization and we wish him the best," Buono said.


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