Lions' QB quandary returning

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Is another quarterback controversy brewing in the Lions' den?

Dave Dickenson is entering his option year after backup Buck Pierce inked a contract extension. Meanwhile, Jarious Jackson is a restless third-stringer.

"Buck deserves to be a starting quarterback in the league," said Dickenson, the 2006 Grey Cup most valuable player. "When I say that it doesn't necessarily mean we're going to be on the same team."

Dickenson is looking for a new deal, but he's content to wait until after the 2007 season to sign. He overcame an ankle sprain and concussion last season to guide B.C. in its successful Grey Cup quest. Head coach and general manager Wally Buono said the 34-year-old "still has a couple of good years left."

Pierce, 25, showed he's ready to be the No. 1 QB after leading the CFL with a 73.7 completion percentage.

"I really feel like my time will come here," Pierce said.

Jackson, 29, spent most of 2006 marshaling B.C.'s short-yardage offence. He joined the Lions' practice squad in 2004 and was supposed to back up Dickenson and Casey Printers in 2005. Jackson's broken thumb in a preseason game gave then-rookie Pierce the job.

"It's the same toilet, different day," Jackson said. "I've pretty much been in this situation my whole life."

Buono said Jackson could play a valuable role in 2007 for B.C., unless "other teams see [Jackson] as an asset," he said. "My phone's always open."

Training camp begins June 3 in Abbotsford.


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