Lions' Kidd may retire

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

The mouth from the south is ready to roar no more.

Linebacker Carl Kidd says he would retire as a proud B.C. Lion if he can't find a Canadian Football League team that wants him by June.

The 33-year-old Arkansas-native became a free agent in February after seven seasons with B.C. head coach and general manager Wally Buono didn't offer a new deal, citing the salary cap and Kidd's age.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats showed interest, but "it was nothing I could get excited about," Kidd told 24 hours.

Kidd was part of the Lions' 2000 and 2006 Grey Cup-winning teams and was a West division all-star last season. He wants to coach after he retires from playing.

"Before I came to Canada I played cornerback so I really didn't get hit a lot, so my body is still in pretty good shape. Deep down inside I still want to play," he said. "It was hard for me to just call Wally and say 'look, is the offer still on the table for me to retire a B.C. Lion?'"


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