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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

DRESSLER EXTENDS WITH BOMBERS

There was never a doubt in Weston Dressler's mind if, or where, he wanted to continue playing football.

The 32-year-old receiver signed a one-year extension Tuesday with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Dressler was scheduled to become a free agent in February but decided quickly after the 2017 season he wanted to return for an 11th CFL campaign and third in Manitoba.

"Once the season is over you kind of take a minute to regroup and think about things,'' Dressler said during a conference call. "To continue playing was something I definitely wanted to do and to continue playing in Winnipeg was a top priority.

"I'm just happy they want me to be a part of the team again.''

The five-foot-seven, 168-pound slotback had 51 catches for 691 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games this year. He's registered 131 receptions for 1,694 yards and five TDs over two seasons with the Bombers.

"Weston Dressler brings so much to our organization in addition to his productivity on the field,'' Winnipeg general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement. "Every week he is out on the field, he is a threat in so many facets of the game and brings invaluable experience and leadership to our locker room.''

Dressler said it was important to him to get his contract status settled prior to the start of CFL free agency.

"If you want to be somewhere and have the chance to be there, I feel like if you can get it done before it gets to that free-agent point that's most important,'' he said. "The last few weeks having talks with Kyle and the organization, we knew it was going to get done.

"It was just a matter of taking care of some of the smaller details within the contract. They found a way to make all that stuff work sooner rather than later.''

Walters has been busy this off-season keeping his core players in Winnipeg. Other veterans who've also re-signed include running Timothy Flanders, kicker Justin Medlock and left tackle Stanley Bryant, the CFL's outstanding lineman this year.

"I think it's important we keep some of the core guys around,'' Dressler said. "Knowing that's kind of the direction the team wanted to go and seeing that was getting done definitely makes me want to be there even more.''

(Canadian Press)

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope he can stay healthy in 2018. Always fun to watch.

Anonymous said...

Weston Dressler will always be a Roughrider in my mind.

Anonymous said...

Jones' biggest mistake

Anonymous said...

Jones' biggest mistake.... Whhaaaat.... Give your head a shake

Dressler, has not been able to stay healthy. What a stupid comment

Cory

Tinhead 296 said...

still looks strange in blue and gold. Always a rider. I agree. Jones made a mistake

Scott Thompson said...

Love Dressler, but no mistake made, it was time. Plus he hasn’t been the same since 2014 which is a loooooong time ago.

Jimmy from Regina said...

What American would you delete from the Rider roster to put Dressler back on?

Anonymous said...

Weston Dressler = :)

Chris Jones = bah, humbug

Anonymous said...

I'm glad he's gone from Sask, the Riders receivers were fantastic last year. However, Dressler still good and I'm glad he got a new contract in the Peg.

Anonymous said...

Yeah? How so?

We got younger and better at WR. Weston played 11 games only...c'mon man turn the page!

Anonymous said...

Nobody answers this question....very telling

Anonymous said...

He obviously still wishes we had the same team as we did in 2015. Which worked out just fine and dandy didn’t it.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic last year? Finishing 4th place ? Lol I guess it's better than the basement from the previous years

Anonymous said...

The problem was, he was 'the face of the franchise' and that's a title Chris Jones wants.

Anonymous said...

Weston Dressler will always be a Rider and Chris Jones will not. Dressler has more heart and leadership ability than anyone Jones has brought in since releasing him.

Intangibles matter!

mister winnipeg said...

Once you come to Winnipeg, you never want to leave! Welcome back Weston!

Anonymous said...

He's on a second place team on the upswing, why would he want to sign with a fourth place team without a quarterback?

Anonymous said...

Im under no illusions about the drawbacks of Regina, but at least its got some charm and quaintness to it. Winnipeg is a genuine shi* hole.

Anonymous said...

Trending upward you or you too blind to notice?

Anonymous said...

The problem is while he is a great person and player, his career is on the downside and most of the talent we have in this current group of receivers is younger, faster and much cheaper.

Time for you guys to get over it and move forward.

Anonymous said...

Umm last I looked Jones is a Rider and Dressler is not. Stop being so delusional.

There are many great leaders on the Riders and you being a fan have no clue who is a better leader since you don't play professional football.

You worry about your job and let the paid people within the organization worry about theirs.

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg is an injury away at the QB position from their season tanking while the Riders are not. Riders will be top two in the West this year so unless Winnipeg finishes first, they will be below the Riders.

Also the Riders were 1 game away from playing in the Grey Cup unlike Winnipeg. Or was it less than a minute away?

Anonymous said...

27 years...that's why

Anonymous said...

The Riders are lacking on-field leadership and you being a fan, have no clue about recognizing that, so stop being so delusional. You just worry about yourself and stop spouting your uneducated opinion.

Anonymous said...

1 game away from the grey cup, or 1 minute away from the grey cup doesnt matter. That's moderately successful at best. The Riders have no qb and that was very obvious during yhe EDF.

Anonymous said...

I assume you're a player then since you say they are lacking on-field leadership?

Explain how you feel they are lacking leadership?

The only uneducated persons here are you so called fans who say I'd rather watch my team lose with Weston or Durant than win with Jones.

That's what's uneducated and stupid!

Anonymous said...

Yet the people like to say how the Riders finished fourth and below Winnipeg in the standings but it was the Riders whose season lasted longer.

Convenient Truths!

Anonymous said...

The way I can tell they are lacking on field leadership is through the constant over the top celebrating after making routine plays. They look like the cocky Stampeder teams that never won when it counted and that we used to despise around here.

Yuck!

Anonymous said...

Jones hasnt won anything. He lost in the East final.

Anonymous said...

Id have preferred to watch us win with Durant and Jones,but Jones decided a 17 year journeyman,an NFL washout who hadnt played in 5 seasons and a bunch of unproven rookies were better options. Glenn's 3 picks and Jones's constant qb switching and in game mismanagement of the qb's were exactly what should have been expected given his strategy for the position. The Jones lovers and most of the local media let him off very easy for that outcome.