KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Multiple reports out of Canada, including TSN, the country’s equivalent to ESPN, have Canadian Football League star wide receiver Weston Dressler signing with the Chiefs.
Prior to the Saskatchewan Roughriders releasing Dressler Thursday to allow him to pursue an NFL career, the two-time CFL All-Star receiver worked out for the Chiefs on Jan. 14.
Dressler told reporters in Canada during a Thursday news conference his decision has been made to sign with an NFL team, but he wouldn’t reveal the franchise.
“That’s really why we’re here today, to allow me to explore that, to be able to make a decision quickly rather than having to wait until the end of the free agency deadline,” Dressler said. “There’s a good opportunity for me out there, and I want to make the most of it and showcase my talents for them.”
Whether the 28-year-old native of Bismarck, N.D., is in Kansas City remains to be seen.
“Until there’s a contract officially signed and all that stuff taken care of, I’ve been instructed I can’t say who the team is,” Dressler told reporters Thursday.
Reached by phone Friday morning, Dressler’s agent, Justin Seurer, took the same stance.
Seurer said he will neither confirm nor deny the reports out of Canada of his client signing with the Chiefs, preferring instead to “respect the signing process.”
The agent wouldn’t comment on a potential signing in Kansas City.
The Chiefs also haven’t confirmed the transaction.
Dressler spent six seasons with the Roughriders after going undrafted in 2008 out of the University of North Dakota. He recorded 70 receptions for 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 and helped Saskatchewan win the Grey Cup.
For his CFL career, the 5-foot-8, 179-pound receiver notched 442 catches for 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns.
UPDATE: Dressler made a live on-air Friday afternoon appearance with The Green Zone, News Talk 980 CJME in Canada.
When asked by the radio host if he could confirm reports he’s signing with the Chiefs, Dressler said he couldn’t.
“I can’t confirm that due to the respect I have for the team that is going to be bringing me in,” Dressler said. “I want to follow the rules properly. I can’t confirm anything in the media as far as what team that is until the physical is done with and the contract is officially signed.”
Minutes before Dressler’s radio spot, Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star tweeted this:
Just had a source confirm that CFL star Weston Dressler intends on signing with the #Chiefs.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) January 31, 2014