Tiger-Cats punt Printers

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

A Vancouver radio station was reporting last night that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released quarterback Casey Printers.

According to CKNW, the Tabbies have said goodbye to the pivot after only a year and a half. Printers came back to the CFL in September 2007 after being cut by the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.

He signed a contract that made him the highest-paid player in the league, but the CFL's most outstanding player in 2004 never lived up to the billing. He lost his starting job midway through last season and threw only five touchdown passes.

CKNW reported Printers was scheduled to earn $380,000 this season. It also said the Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders are the teams most interested in signing the 27-year-old Texan.

The release of Printers will fuel speculation that Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn is on his way to Steeltown, but it's believed the Blue Bombers will pay Glenn a $50,000 bonus on March 1 and then attempt to trade him to the highest bidder.

HIGH-PRICED TALENT: Winnipeg's free-agent signings of offensive linemen Glenn January, Steve Morley and Luke Fritz aren't yet official because the contracts haven't been registered with the league office.

Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly said the holdup shouldn't have Bomber fans worried that the transactions might not happen.

"Everything's fine," Kelly said. "There's no panic or anything. It's just the logistics of getting everything out and properly sent and returned and all those kind of things."

All three contracts are reported to be worth more than $100,000, and with Obby Khan making at least that and Dan Goodspeed hauling down $150,000 this season, that's a lot of money to be paying an O-line.

That payroll has led to rumblings around the league that a trade could be in the works. In fact, two CFL sources told Sun Media earlier this week that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats approached the Bombers about Goodspeed. Winnipeg apparently asked for Canadian receiver Chris Bauman and the first-round draft pick they sent to Hamilton for Zeke Moreno last September.

Kelly shot down that rumour yesterday, saying it "must have come from Facebook," but he acknowledged anything could happen at any time.

"We think we have, obviously on paper, a pretty good-looking football team," Kelly said. "And we have enough depth to maybe even make us better in the long run by having the flexibility to maybe move some players elsewhere. But that's always the process."

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kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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