Bombers to look at Printers

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:09 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are at least going to take a look at Casey Printers.

Despite denials from both Bomber officials and Printers' agent earlier this week, a CFL source said yesterday the team has booked a plane ticket for the quarterback to attend the team's mini-camp in Florida next month.

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly, who was conducting a free-agent tryout camp in Long Beach, Calif., yesterday, didn't return a message left by the Sun.

On Friday he said "everybody and anybody's a possibility" when it came to quarterbacks who might attend the mini-camp.

The Bombers were hoping to have their own three quarterbacks at the mini-camp, which will include rookies and players on their negotiation list, but league bylaws prohibit veteran players under contract from participating in off-season workouts.

Fits the bill

As a result, the Bombers said they would examine bringing free-agent quarterbacks with CFL experience to the camp. Printers, who was released last month by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, fits that bill.

Printers, the CFL's most outstanding player in 2004 as a member of the B.C. Lions, left for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs after the 2005 CFL season.

He returned north in September 2007, signing with the Ticats and becoming one of the league's highest-paid players in the process.

It didn't pay dividends for the Tabbies, who were 1-15 with Printers as their starter. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Texas native threw five touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.

Hamilton released him with two years and approximately $800,000 left on his contract.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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