Realty One

Thursday, January 28, 2016


John Woods/Canadian Press
WINNIPEG - Weston Dressler has two big goals now that he'll be catching balls for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

One, the veteran receiver wants to help end Winnipeg's four-year playoff drought and claim a Grey Cup championship that has eluded the CFL team for 25 straight seasons.

Two, he'll try to convert his fiance from Regina and her family to be Bomber fans, rather than cheer for the Saskatchewan Roughriders team he played with for eight seasons.

"They were obviously upset, or more saddened than upset I should say, to see me not be a part of that organization anymore,'' Dressler said of his fiance and her family when he met with Winnipeg media on Wednesday.

"They're obviously fans of the Roughriders. We'll work on getting them in some blue and gold (Bomber colours), though.''

The 30-year-old native of Bismarck, N.D., signed with Winnipeg on Tuesday after he and defensive lineman John Chick were cut by the Riders on Jan. 14. New Saskatchewan head coach and GM Chris Jones said in a statement the team tried to negotiate "more cap-friendly contracts'' with them. Chick signed with Hamilton on Wednesday.

Reports said Dressler was set to earn $240,000 with the Riders this season, including bonuses, and signed a two-year deal with the Bombers for about $170,000 per season.

The two-time CFL all-star didn't want to expand on comments he made after his release that he didn't feel he was in Saskatchewan's future plans.

"I made that statement just basically because of how everything went down and I'm not really going to get into that now because it's the past and that's over with,'' said Dressler, who was fan favourite and active in the community.

"Like I said earlier, sometimes things happen for a reason, whether you like the way they go down or not. You have to make the most of the next opportunity that comes from it and that's what I'm looking forward to now.''

Dressler said he waited to receive an offer from another club late last week, but chose the Bombers because of their potential and familiarity. He had played under new Winnipeg offensive co-ordinator Paul LaPolice in 2008 and '09, as well as with players such as Bombers quarterback Drew Willy.

Both had a hand in wooing him to move to Manitoba.

"There's definitely more than one thing that you look at when you're trying to decide on where you want to play next, but there was just a lot more positives here than I was looking at elsewhere,'' he said.

The five-foot-seven slotback was the league's rookie of the year in 2008 and has hauled in more than 1,000 receiving yards in five seasons.

Last year, he had 70 catches for 941 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games with the 3-15 Riders.

The Bombers weren't much better at 5-13, but Dressler said fortunes can change quickly in the nine-team league.

"Sometimes it just takes a couple pieces here and there to turn a team around.''

His friends and former teammates have joked with him about going to the rival Bombers and how ``weird'' it will be, but he doesn't think it'll be long before he feels at home.

He described playing in Saskatchewan as a "great'' part of his life, and lining up on the opposite side of the field with the Bombers in Regina for the Labour Day Classic will be odd.

"That'll definitely be an interesting moment for me,'' Dressler said with a laugh.

"I'm sure it'll be unlike any other on the football field for me. That'll be a tough day for different reasons, but ultimately at the end of the day, once we get to that point it'll be about finding a way to win that game with the Bombers.''

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

Looks great on him, much better than green and white

Anonymous said...

Next thing he'll whine about is not wearing jersey #7. Good ridence.

Bombers suck!

Anonymous said...

Wasn't that Matt Dunigan's number? 16.

Anonymous said...

He wanted to go to the Bombers so he could be close to his home in North Dakota just like he was with Saskatchewan. Can't knock the guy , he was an outstanding receiver for the Riders and he made a lot of Rider fans very happy with his play while he was here. I'm not going to say "Good Luck" with the Bombers because I'm not even close to being a Bomber fan but I do wish him the best for where ever he ends up.

Anonymous said...

A generation of losing and failure never looked good on anyone :-)

Anonymous said...

Time to change your wallpaper Rod.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't look like a very sincere smile on his face. I feel bad that he put himself in the situation he did, but then again he put himself in that good luck!

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Anonymous said...

Going to a team with the longest Grey Cup Drought in the CFL.
This year will be what? Year 24?
Drew Willy is a decent QB but no where near a Grey Cup winning QB. Weston only said those nice things about Drew so that Drew would throw him the ball more.

Anonymous said...

I actually feel a lot of pity on the unwashed masses who make up the Bombers fan base.

Nothing to talk about for 26 years, and no hope of putting out that dumpster fire anytime soon.

So when the broom operator with toured test syndrome above has his little outburst, treat him and all Bomber fans the same way you would treat a small child, pat them on the head and tell it's not their fault, they can't do any better, it's how they were raised.

Anonymous said...

Great signing by the bombers... stupid move by Chris Jones, classless act by the entire Rider organization.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Dressler having a great season with the Bombers!

Chris said...

So this is what it has come of a team that has had 100+ years of general mediocrity and fans of a team that has done absolutely nothing of significance in over 25 years, are chirping each other about which team is worse....Hilarious

Anonymous said...

Sigh, accurate :-(

Anonymous said...

So you're OK with Dressler trying to manipulate Rider fans on twitter, with the goal of making himself more money?

Dressler had an offer, could have stayed with the Riders, but left to go play elsewhere for the same money.

He had no intention of doing what was best for his team, only himself. Which is fine, a man is entitled to maximize his pay, but don't make Dressler out to be a saint and Jones/Murphy morons.

Jones did what was best for the team, Dressler did what was best for himself.

You, my friend, are a moron, your fears are groundless, and your complaints are moronic.

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Anonymous said...

cant wait for someone in the league to lower the boom on his a**...enjoy another season without playoffs

Anonymous said...

Great player release by the riders... Astute business move on the entire classy Rider organization, very solid decision.