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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DRESSLER SIGNS WITH WINNIPEG

WINNIPEG, MB., January 26, 2016 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the signing of eight-year CFL veteran Weston Dressler to a two-year contract. 

Dressler joins the Blue and Gold after eight seasons with Saskatchewan, where he has been one of the league’s most productive receivers since his arrival in 2008. The 5-7, 180 pound Bismarck, ND product is a two-time CFL All-Star, and has been named a Division All-Star on four occasions. He has accumulated 7,797 receiving yards on 539 receptions, with 50 receiving touchdowns.  

“Adding a veteran player with his skillset was really a no-brainer for us,” said Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters. “We were all immediately interested in adding him to our offensive lineup, and we’re very excited to have Weston on our side moving forward.”

“I’m beyond excited to start my career as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber,” said Dressler. “It’s widely known the loyalty their fans have, and the passion the city and province have for the Bombers. The stadium is hands down the loudest in the CFL. And there are great football people in the organization. We have a quarterback who I think is as good as anyone in this league, and some really solid pieces around him. I’m really looking forward to the days ahead.”

Dressler has five 1000 yard seasons and 25 career 100-yard receiving games. Including his work on special teams, he has tallied 55 career touchdowns in the CFL. He’s played in seven career playoff games, and two Grey Cup’s, winning in 2013.

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The word is Dressler's deal is for two years and in the neighbourhood of $175,000 per season.   He and John Chick MIGHT'VE been able to get this out of the Riders however there was no counter-offer made in those discussions.

RP

43 comments:

GWil26 said...

Good for Dressler. If the Bombers pick up Harris too they will have already made massive improvements over last season.

Anonymous said...

NFL snobs in this country are probably all pissed off that this big CFL news is dominating discussion instead of the super bowl. Tough luck boys.

Anonymous said...

Saying all the right things for Bomber fans.
Good luck Weston!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Weston! Well deserved. Continued success in your outstanding career. I remain PROUD to wear your jersey. You are/were one of the all time Rider greats.
Dave

Keith Pottruff said...

Hmm, makes you wonder what the number that the Riders offered him was when they tried to renegotiate? Also, it does go to show that the other teams obviously didn't think that the salary he was supposed to have was his market value.

Regardless, good luck Dressler. It's Winnipeg, you're going to need it!

Anonymous said...

Everyone is better off here. Weston gets to play in a place where he's wanted (and needed) and the Riders save a tone of cap room that they badly need to help rebuild a defense that was absolutely a joke last season. The only downside is weston has to take a pay cut here... that's an unfortunate reality of pro sports. Congratulations to Weston and to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on signing an excellent player and human being to their team!

-Carl

Anonymous said...

For curiosity sake, it would be good to know what he signed for vs what the Riders asked him to renegotiate at. IJ

Anonymous said...

Thank you #7 for all that you have done for the team, fans and community.

Good Luck. Except when you are playing against the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Worse move ever by Jones getting rid of Chick and Dressler. Jones unwillingness to negotiate their contracts show how bad of a GM he is and will be. Jones needs to get his head out of his ass as do all of you people who have your man love on for him as you did with CC.

Its time to call it as it is and get rid of this idiot Jones

Anonymous said...

"Its time to call it as it is and get rid of this idiot Jones". You shouldn't be allowed a keyboard. It's been a month.

Anonymous said...

TSNs Gary Lawless reports Dressler signed a 2 year deal at $170k per year.

Rod in Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

Commentator policing this blog is posting the negative against Jones and company as per instruction. "You've been found!

Anonymous said...

Ha. It's funny how fans just believe whatever some players put out there.

Tha fact is, the Riders asked both Dressler and Chick's agents that they's like to sit down and renegotiate to a more cap-friendly deal. The agents would have none of this. No numbers were discussed.

Dressler has also told friends in Regina that he'd only play for what he signed for. He was insulted that the Riders would even ask him to renegotiate.

Look people, the answers are out there. You just have to know who to ask.

Go back and look, you'll see i know what i'm talking about on here.

You are welcome!
Secret Agent.

Anonymous said...

It stings to hear you speak so highly of Winnipeg Weston, but that is the burden we will have to live with. You have moved on and so should we. All the best to you in the future but I do believe the gauntlet has been thrown down about whose stadium is the loudest. It will be loud in a good way for your first visit, expect a huge ovation from your old team, after that, well you know how it goes, after all it's Winnipeg!!!

Anonymous said...

If its any consolation I am aware of the fact that Jones has been put on a very very short leash since the release of Chick and Dressler when it comes to any other so called Rider marque players. Yes the days of Jones having a free reign are over. And no I will not tell all of you haters my sources.

Anonymous said...

From Dressler - “I had a very good conversation a few days after the release with Craig Reynolds, the president-CEO, and he definitely knows how I felt about the whole situation. For me, as long as he knows it and the people within the organization understand it, I will keep that between us and use that to kind of move on from it and hopefully be able to mend the relationship a little bit in the future.”

Says alot about Jones and not positive at all.

Anonymous said...

To all those with comments...

Why not consider providing either a name or nick-name along with your comments; therefor the rest of us know who we can reference with our reply comments.

Just an idea...

XYZ in your Backyard

Anonymous said...

Really? Says to me that Dressler's agent withheld information from his client.

Anonymous said...

To Secret Agent... there used to be a guy on here called Obama who also signed off by saying 'You are welcome'...

I'm just sayin'

GW

Anonymous said...

Go whine somewhere else weston. There's a new sheriff in town, Jones,.. Chris Jones.

Anonymous said...

Are you the assistant to the traveling secretary for Jones and Murphy..

Because everything you just posted is complete and utter BS.
You are learning well under their new regime on how to spin things in the media. TRUST ME ...I know....and obviously you dont. Or at least will not admit it

Anonymous said...

"If its any consolation I am aware of the fact that Jones has been put on a very very short leash since the release of Chick and Dressler when it comes to any other so called Rider marque players. Yes the days of Jones having a free reign are over. And no I will not tell all of you haters my sources."

My sources say, you're dumber than ass hair.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Saskatchewan found the CFL's version of Chip Kelly. A great coach with no ability to build a team who guts it to try and rebuild it in his own ego-filled vision. Only to find out in two years that he let go of some great players and his team stinks.

Then he's fired and goes to coach on the West Coast, leaving his last team a mess.

We will miss you Dressler. You were an absolute Rider thru and thru. The blind faith of the sheep who eat up anything management does here is nauseating.

- Nobama

Anonymous said...

"The word is Dressler's deal is for two years and in the neighbourhood of $175,000 per season. He and John Chick MIGHT'VE been able to get this out of the Riders however there was no counter-offer made in those discussions."

Very different stories coming out of both camps.

It does make sense now that Dressler posted that long good bye on twitter, wanting to get his version of the story out first in order to influence public opinion.

"Me thinks the lady doth protest too much."

Really starting to look like Dressler was trying to milk public opinion to fatten his wallet.

Anonymous said...

Durant should have been released before dressler

Anonymous said...

Dressler was offered half of his $260,000 salary. If it wasn't a big deal then why didn't anyone trade for him when the Riders asked. He didn't want to take a pay cut and the Riders told him up front where he stood.

Anonymous said...

Jones has not been given short leash by Reynolds. That's a load of garbage precipitated by the Old Boys Club. Fact.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your winning in Saskatchewan Weston. Unfortunately, there will be nothing but grease fires and losing in Winnipeg for the rest of your contract there.

Anonymous said...

To all the management haters, why don't you give them at least six games next year, hell even four before you run them out of town. And if you don't want Jones and Murphy, whose the better choice? Do you think we should be paying out more management contracts for people who aren't here? Fact is nobody is ecstatic Chick and Dressler aren't Riders anymore. But IF we let or new management do their job, they just might find the next Dressler.

Voice of Reason

Anonymous said...

The Riders were 3-15 last year. Really, did you not expect changes? Let's see what the new group can do over the next few seasons. If nothing else, it will be interesting!
I do not think that there is any loyalty in professional sports. Just look at the New England Patriots, a very successful franchise in the NFL. Let's enjoy the team, next season, and the new stadium!

Anonymous said...

Say what you will, was Weston really worth $250k per year. If he didn't think he was going to be asked to take a paycut he was dreaming in total Technicolor. The guys going to be over 30 by the time the season starts. Both sides will never truly come out, but no doubt, Jones had a salary cap mess on his hands that he had to deal with.

Anonymous said...

Not likely. The "short leash" was to clean up this terrible 3-15 team and this was the 1st step to an overall well managed plan to become Grey Cup Champs in a new stadium!!

Anonymous said...

No biggie, Dressler doesn’t perform well against a Chris Jones defense

Anonymous said...

Jones will run the team further into the ground by 2 years. Then #7 can return. Dressler embodies what it means to a Saskatchewan Roughrider. Jones has no idea what that is. He is not one of us.

Anonymous said...

Ok. Dressler said in that Twitter thing that he was disappointed by the Riders initial offer. But then he didn't even bother with a counter offer? To me that says he was pissed that he wasn't getting all the money he thought he was owed and/or that the low offer meant that the team didn't want him around anymore in the first place. So he leaves. Kind of a bush league thing to do. I guess it's like Frank Underwood says, nobody's a Boy Scout, Cathy, not even Boy Scouts.

Gundersons Yorkton

Anonymous said...

I am assuming the "word" must have leaked out of Riders. Firstly we know there was an offer made to Dressler and Chick. So any counter-offer had to come from Dressler and Chick to the Riders. Therefore it apppears that both Dressler and Chick wanted the full amount or nothing as has been reported. Had they made counter offers in this range who knows what the the outcome might have been. It would suggest they were the authors of their own problems. The more information that comes out suggests that the hysteria a few trolls and the likes of Vanstone have been spewing were not entirely correct. A lot of people still maintain that this had more to do with egos of these two guys and their agents. The money that the other teams paid was not more than what the Riders would have paid. This was a PR game Dressler played with his Tweet. Also his meeting with the CEO was just to show Dressler the door. He could have signed here for the same money but he thinks he's a top three receiver in the league. The other teams as well as the Riders didn't. He was trying to use his public stature to milk the Riders and try to strong arm a tough GM. and he was bloody well taught a lesson. He spun the wheel and lost. A few guys in the LP should be punted as well.

To Mr short leash; your a pathetic joke!

Anonymous said...

Jones's job is to clean up Taman's mess. Dressler's ego wouldn't allow it, so Weston and his ridiculous contract are gone. No need to be alarmed, the time for concern was before Taman was fired.

Anonymous said...



The way some of these released #Riders players talk, it sounds like Chris Jones is running a kinda shady operation. #CFL
Retweeted by Glenn Chernick

Anonymous said...

Your hatred of Jones and Murphy is purely one that validates your personal agenda in some way. It's hate fueled, completely immature and is asinine to say the least! How do you get through life? Where does a loser like you get employed anyway?

Anonymous said...

Huge fans of Chick and Dressler but I'm a bigger fan of the Riders winning. Easy to see that getting rid of expensive Americans that can be replaced with solid recruiting is a great move. Any GM in the league would have made the same move.

Great choice for Dressler to choose Winnipeg - nice and close to family in North Dakota.

Handy Andy said...

2015 Riders 3 wins 15 losses
New coach and GM hired ... do we want to repeat 3-15? Or do we want changes? Keep all the same players and expect to go 15-3? Some "Anonymous" people on this blog have NO CLUE.
Chris Jones has never missed the playoffs in the CFL. Never. Not even once. Maybe he knows what he's doing??? Come on, anonymous people!!
I'm a big fan of #7 and #97 but business is business and they deserve a fair salary but not among the top in the league for non-QBs. Jones made the tough decisions and now has money to spend.
Not-Anonymous (sign your name!)

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Glenn Chernick and who the hell cares what he thinks?

Chris said...

Look...Jones had a salary cap mess to deal with. With 20% of the cap locked up in 3 players there needed to be a major correction. Its a QB driven league so Jones is not going to play hardball with DD (especially since they have no other viable options at the position). That means Chick and Dressler are the ones that were going to be asked to give in a big way. For Jones and the Riders its what had to be done and anyone with half a brain should be able to see that.

Now from the perspective of the two players, if we assume that to be on this team they were going to have to take somewhere between a 35-50% pay cut, is it any surprise that they really didn't feel good about doing that? Would any of us be willing to do that in our jobs? No we wouldn't? And its not about the money. Its about the perception that they are not as valued as they once were in the organization, to the point of when push comes to shove they have been deemed expendable. For that reason they will take similar money to play elsewhere. So I do not blame Chick or Dressler either. They don't owe the franchise or the fans anything. Their walking away is human nature and perfectly understandable.

Jones/Murphy have been given a job to do. And that is to turn this franchise from one that accepts mediocrity all to readily, into a perennial Grey Cup contender. That requires a major philosophical change. The Riders have hosted exactly one West Final in the last 40 years. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that your chances of winning Grey Cups go up dramatically when you finish first in your division. Jones appears to be cut out of the same cloth as some of the most successful coaches/GMs of recent vintage, Matthews, Buono and Hufnagel. These men are successful because they do not allow their own emotions or the emotions of the fan base to influence roster decisions. They are not here to be anybody's friend. They are here to put a winning product on the field year after year and put the team in position to win in the playoffs year after year. And that is the bottom line of professional sports.