An all-star Canadian Football League receiver who recently worked out with the Chiefs was released Thursday so he can sign a deal with an NFL team.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Saskatchewan Roughriders star Weston Dressler declined to reveal the name of his new team during a news conference, citing the need for the proper paperwork to be completed.
“There was some different interest (from teams) but I’ve got a decision made and it’s coming down to the point where I just need to cross the T’s and dot the I’s,” said Dressler, a two-time CFL all-star. “There’s a good opportunity for me out there, and I want to make the most of it and showcase my talent.”
Dressler’s agent also confirmed that his client has reached an agreement with an NFL team, but declined to reveal the team’s name until the proper paperwork has been completed. An announcement could conceivably come as early as next week.
Dressler, 28, played at North Dakota and is listed at 5 feet 8 and 179 pounds. He caught 442 passes for 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns during his six-year career with the Roughriders, who won the Grey Cup championship this season as Dressler caught 70 passes for 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns.
Dressler has plenty of experience working as a slot receiver and punt returner, a need for the Chiefs that could soon be exacerbated by free agency. The Chiefs, who interviewed a number of receivers at the Senior Bowl last week, would like to retain receiver Dexter McCluster, a free agent who made his first Pro Bowl this season as a punt returner. But the Chiefs’ salary cap is tight and McCluster could command a deal that’s worth more than they are willing to pay.
The Chiefs, of course, have not announced any pending moves, and a message to a team spokesman was not immediately returned.
Dressler, while coy about his new team, was cleared excited about the opportunity.
“Ever since the first time I touched a football, that’s something I dreamed about, having the opportunity to play in the NFL on the game’s biggest stage,” Dressler said. “To get to that point now, it's pretty surreal.”
Dressler also offered a “thank you” of sorts for Saskatchewan fans that doubled as a vague hint about his new team.
“The team that I'm talking with, I made a request for a certain jersey number (13) because I wanted to show my respect to the 13th man of Rider nation,” Dressler said. “If everything works out the way I’m hoping, I'll be able to wear 13 on Sundays and Rider Nation will be out there with me.”
For what it’s worth, the Chiefs currently have No. 13 available. The last player to wear the number was quarterback Ricky Stanzi in 2011.
Here are some of Dressler’s highlights: