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Lions release quarterback Dave Dickenson

The B.C. Lions released veteran quarterback Dave Dickenson on Monday.

The B.C. Lions released veteran quarterback Dave Dickenson on Monday.

The move by the Lions came on the first day of the new year under the CFL's salary management system.

Dickenson, 34, earned approximately $400,000 a season, eating up a big chunk of the club's $4.05-million salary cap.

He also battled concussion problems the past two seasons and missed 10 games of the 2004 campaign with a knee injury.

"We both hoped that Dave would get through the season without any major injuries, get through the season where he was a big factor in all that we have done," Lionsgeneral manager and head coach Wally Buono said at a news conference.

"With the salary pressures that (Dickenson's contract) imposes on myself and the club, we've had to release Dave of his obligation."

Dickenson signed with the Lions in 2003 as a free agent and over the ensuing five seasons he passed for 13,573 yards and 90 touchdowns.

Last season, the Montana native led the Lions to their fifth Grey Cup championship and was selected as the game's most outstanding player.

He currently ranks as the Lions' fourth-ranked passer in club history.