Weston Dressler began his CFL career in Saskatchewan but it doesn’t appear a return to the Riders is happening.
“Right now, we won’t have an interest in Weston. I don’t want to ever say no unless it’s something I don’t see happening. Weston is a great player and was highly productive,” O’Day said on 620 CKRM The SportsCage.
The 33-year-old spent the first eight seasons of his career in Saskatchewan until Chris Jones released the fan favourite from the Roughriders less than one year after Dressler inked a four-year contract extension. In five of the eight campaigns in the green and white, Dressler recorded 1,000 or more yards and was a key member of the 2013 Grey Cup championship team.
Dressler signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in January 2016 and played three seasons, making 176 receptions for 2,229 yards and 10 touchdowns. But after becoming a free agent in February, the Bombers have moved on.
The Bismarck, North Dakota native broke into the CFL with Saskatchewan catching 56 passes for 1,123 yards and six touchdowns on the way to earning the Most Outstanding Rookie award. Overall, Dressler has 715 receptions for 10,026 yards and 61 touchdowns in 161 regular season games and twice been named a CFL all-star (2012 and 2013). He’s added 62 grabs for 970 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 playoff contests.
“For the situation we’re in right now with our roster, it’s a situation where we feel good about the guys that we have and the amount of veterans that we have, adding Manny [Arceneaux] and getting Naaman [Roosevelt] back,” O’Day said.
“We feel good about our current situation. And now it’s up to us to try to find the next Weston Dressler. I want to be careful that we’re not having too many guys at a certain age.”