An end to a fine chapter

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

"The chapter was written and well written," said former Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson as he closed this stage in his career, following his release from the team Monday.

Dickenson was released by the Lions on Monday, but confirms that the release was more of a business move than anything else, with his team-high salary of $400,000 per year and his history of injuries, most recently the concussion that sidelined him for most of the past season.

"It needed to be done," said Dickenson. "I structured my contract that if I played well and things went my way, that it would be pretty hard to release me and if it didn't go my way and things happened like they did, then you're at least released earlier and you got the chance to keep your options open and understand that there might be life somewhere else."

Dickenson quickly added: "There also might be an opportunity here."

Among his fondest achievements wearing orange and black were the turning around of the franchise, including filling B.C. Place with 55,000 fans for the Western Finals and the Lions 2006 Grey Cup victory.

Dickenson said that had he not brought a championship to B.C. during his tenure, then stepping away would have been much more difficult.

Dickenson doesn't want to be a player who stuck around long after he was wanted or needed, but also thinks he can still contribute if given the right opportunity.

"I'd love to keep playing, but there's got to be a time to step away," he said. "Nobody wants to remember Jerry Rice as a Seattle Seahawk. I don't necessarily think that I'm in that same class, but if you're just an afterthought, if you're not wanted, then there's no reason to play."

Dickenson chose not to answer questions about his future as either a player or a coach, but hopes to have an announcement concerning his future by the time he turns 35 Jan. 11.

"For me it's important just to enjoy the holidays, do what I want to do in December, and kind of reassess in January and see what's out there," he said. "I want to be wanted, I want things to work my way, but I understand sooner or later you got to grow up and find something else to do."


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