QB not ready to retire

Dave Dickenson, seen here with the Stampeders, might return to Calgary and be the backup to Henry...

Dave Dickenson, seen here with the Stampeders, might return to Calgary and be the backup to Henry Burris. (SUN MEDIA)

ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

Dave Dickenson is ready to play again.

And of the three teams interested in welcoming him back, the most intriguing is the organization that gave him his CFL start -- the Calgary Stampeders.

In the midst of an off-season in which the veteran quarterback seriously contemplated retirement, Dickenson recently received calls from Toronto, Winnipeg and the Stamps, who all expressed interest in offering him varying roles.

"I think it's a good fit here in Calgary," Dickenson told the Sun yesterday following a workout and shinny game with Stamps alumni.

"I've already played here, I love the coaches and I've always seen myself looking to come back at some point.

"I'm not looking to make any waves -- while a couple teams are looking for a starting job, here it would certainly be to come in and support Hank (Henry Burris) and if you're needed, you're needed."

Released in November by the B.C. Lions due to his $400,000 per year price tag, the emergence of Jarious Jackson and Buck Pierce, as well as his health concerns, Dickenson retreated to his Calgary home to ponder his future.

Three concussions in as many years prompted many to suggest the 35-year-old should put the wraps on a career that earned him Grey Cup rings in Calgary and B.C.

However, the CFL's 2000 Most Outstanding Player and the 2006 Grey Cup MVP is anxious not just to play, but win again.

"It's just a matter of if I fit into someone's plan," said Dickenson, 35, who played here from 1997-2000 before trying the NFL. "I know what I'll play for and what I'll potentially move to another city for.

"If it's there it's there, if not I just won't play. I'm not playing hardball -- I just need a good fit, a good situation. My agent was expecting all the numbers (yesterday) and (today) so now you just decide: You have offers to be starter and backup. You have to decide what's in the best interest for you and your family. I don't see it taking longer than a week or two."

Dickenson got final medical clearance from concussion guru Dr. Karen Johnston in Toronto last week. While there, he sat down with the Argos, who tabled an offer guaranteeing an open competition with Michael Bishop for the starting job.

Dickenson also spoke with Winnipeg coach Doug Berry about the possibility of playing behind Kevin Glenn. Bombers GM Brendan Taman said Dickenson may be out of Winnipeg's price range.

"In all honesty, I don't think we're going to be able to get into that," Taman said.

Dickenson's discussions with Calgary date back to December and would involve him backing up Burris, who was the back from 1997-99.

"As a friend, you want to make sure he's OK physically, but if he's made his decision to play and he ends up deciding to play with us, it's a good thing," said Burris, caught offguard by the move. "Dave's definitely a great leader and a guy I learned so much from in the past. It would definitely make your team better."

Stamps director of player personnel Jim Barker referred the matter to head coach John Hufnagel, who was in transit and could not be reached for comment. Dickenson was waiting to hear from his agent on the exact details of the formal contract offers expected from Winnipeg and Calgary.

"I'm really only concerned about winning," he said.

Just the attitude and addition the Stamps could use.


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