Casey Printers Undisputed Leader Of 2010 Lions

The “star” of Kansas City’s appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” will enter the 2010 CFL season as the leader of the BC Lions after signing a contract extension.

The club announced the agreement Sunday and will hold a news conference to discuss the deal at the team’s Surrey training facility this morning.

It was a much different scenario than one which faced the 28-year-old quarterback nearly three seasons ago.

A beneficiary of a bidding war which involved the Montreal Alouettes, Printers flew from Houston bound for Burlington, Vt.  But the Als returned without their prize when a contract agreement had been reached in mid-flight instead with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who had staffers waiting to pick up Printers in Buffalo.

The deal he signed with Hamilton was worth considerably more than the one which will keep him with the Lions at minimum through the 2011 season, which should pay him close to the $300,000 range annually similar to other starters around the league.

Printers’ career path might have been up in the air at that point.  It isn’t any longer.

“The whole Hamilton thing was a blur.  I had just been released [from the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs].  I was frustrated and I didn’t have the right mindset,” Printers recalled Sunday.

“What makes me comfortable now is that we have the right organization, starting from the top.”

“He showed last season he can excite a team, and he can excite a city,” Lions coach/GM Wally Buono said Sunday.

I never thought I’d read the words “excite a city” in any sentence talking about Printers.  He’s come a long way from “chicken salad out of chicken —-”.

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