Role with it: Bring Dave in

ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Dave Dickenson has always wanted to end his career back in Calgary, which he calls home.

And now, after being waived by the B.C. Lions, he should finally get that chance.

Not as a player, but as a front-office type.

While there's little doubt the 34-year-old Montana icon could still contribute to any CFL team he chose to sign with as a backup or even starter (can you say Argos?), few believe it's worth the risk anymore: Health-wise for him or financially for the club that acquires the injury-prone pivot.

Make no mistake, Dickenson would fit in wonderfully as a backup to a younger, faster, stronger, more versatile and durable Henry Burris.

His ego wouldn't get in the way, and, ironically, he'd be a solid insurance policy for Burris while mentoring a third-stringer. He could also rest his body.

However, the pennies they could afford to offer him under the cap system would make the Valley Ridge resident balk.

Truth is the perfect place for Dickenson in the Stamps organization would be as a well-paid executive whose 5-ft.-11, 195-lb. frame would then be safe from the litany of ankle, knee, shoulder and head injuries he's battled the last three years.

That is where the Stamps need him most.

Given the circus-like atmosphere that has surrounded the Red & White of late, the Stamps' most important signing over the next few months is that of someone who can put a better face on ownership than Ted Hellard did.

Someone with class, poise and a strong reputation in football and the community and who can help soon-to-be-named president Scott Ackles re-instill credibility and faith in the franchise.

Few in Calgary possess the type of charisma and reputation he has, making him the ultimate ambassador for a club in desperate need of a facelift.

Fact is Dickenson likely wants nothing to so with the club that still employs his brother Craig as special teams coach.

He's heard of all the backroom dealings that have tarnished this football club, he's well aware of its tattered state in the community and he sure as heck wouldn't accept the sort of token glad-handing job Tom Higgins turned down.

A cerebral, ambitious type who quite literally studied rocket science in university, Dickenson is a savvy businessman whose talents will be highly sought-after in a competitive business market like Calgary's, where dozens of former Stamps currently make out like bandits in the oil patch.

He'll want something with some meat on it -- something he can sink his teeth into, learn from and use as a launching point for bigger things.

But first, he has to decide if now is the time to retire from the game he's dominated all his life.

Given his struggles recovering from his third concussion in the last three years, few believe the father of two youngsters should risk future health issues by playing ever again.

It's up to Dickenson and wife Tammy to make the call.

Meanwhile, the Argos will come calling, as will several others with token offers. While he's had most of the season to contemplate his playing future, he's unlikely to announce his plans tomorrow when he addresses the media.

Those who know him are aware he's still not sure how he should proceed.

So, the man who has been paid $400,000 the last five years to buy as much time as possible, will carefully review his options as both player and businessman.

For him, it's the toughest decision of his life.

For the Stamps, the decision couldn't be easier -- try adding him to the front office now.


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