Stampeders’ Dave Dickenson: ‘crunch time’ for Bo Levi Mitchell to decide on playing future

Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson wants a decision from quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell regarding his playing future.

Dickenson knows what it’s like to be in Mitchell’s position. The former CFL and NFL quarterback left the Stamps after the 2000 season for the NFL where he played two seasons in 2001 and 2002 with the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins. Mitchell worked out for seven NFL teams in December.

“For Bo, to be honest, I think he knows it’s kind of right now. I think he either has to decide he’s going to take an offer, which I don’t know what the offers are, but I’m guessing it isn’t the offer he’s looking for or else he would’ve already signed it. But I know there’s offers there,” Dickenson said on Sportsnet 960 in Calgary.

“It’s now getting into crunch time, it really is. It’s time to either make that call and say I’ll take this offer and go to the states or let’s get a deal done.”

Mitchell has been patient through the decision-making process while Dickenson has grown anxious. For CFL purposes, Mitchell is a pending CFL free agent. The 28-year-old two-time Grey Cup champion and multiple CFL MOP award winner would be highly sought on the open market in Canada, but Mitchell has spent his entire seven-year pro career in Calgary.

“If he’s thinking I’ve gotta go got a good thing going here…Calgary to me is a great option. He is a guy that wants to have a legacy, I don’t think he’s interested in going down and just making a pay check…I would like to know more…we’re in touch, I’m going to be supportive,” Dickenson said.

“I do feel like we’d have a good chance to sign him and obviously he would be that focal point of our club as he’s been for the last four-five years.”

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