Report: Riders sign free agent Dressler

CFL.ca Staff

REGINA — A CFL team in the near future might be acquiring a two-time CFL All-Star to their lineup, after it’s been announced that Weston Dressler has cleared NFL waivers, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Earlier yesterday, reports came out that the Ottawa REDBLACKS made an offer for Dressler’s services, but how things can change.

Late last night multiple sources have reported that Dressler will indeed sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Even with the quick turnaround, it seems like it is possible that Dressler could even dress for the Roughriders Mark’s Labour Day Weekend game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, if the paperwork and his physical goes well.

Ottawa REDBLACKS general manager Marcel Desjardins said Wednesday he has made a contract offer to the former Saskatchewan Roughriders star.

“We’ve made an offer and that’s pretty much where it’s at,” Desjardins said.

When Desjardins was asked what he would bring to the REDBLACKS he said, ” He brings ability on the field, ability off the field in terms of leadership skills and the type of person he is and the character he has. He’d be a tremendous asset to the REDBLACKS.”

Early Monday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the release of 11 players, with former Riders slotback Dressler among them.

Dressler, 29, was granted his release by the Roughriders in January so that he could pursue an opportunity in the NFL.

“If Weston Dressler became available, I think the Roughriders would be at or near everybody’s money offer,” said CFL.ca’s Rod Pedersen last week.

“Because there will be quite a few for Weston,” he added.

It won’t be surprising if all nine teams reach out to five-time 1,000 yard receiver and attempt to sign the shifty 5’8″ speedy slotback. 

Last season while playing in Saskatchewan, Dressler accumulated 1,011 receiving yards on 70 receptions and recorded nine majors.

In six CFL seasons, Dressler has been nothing short of spectacular, hauling in 442 receptions for 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns. 

During his brief stint with the Chiefs, Dressler registered no catches in very limited appearances during the pre-season.


–With files from The Canadian Press