With the news of Weston Dressler's return to Saskatchewan Thursday, stores were getting restocked with Dressler jerseys and fans were celebrating.
Dozens of shirts emblazoned with Dressler's old number — 7 — were being put on the racks at the Rider Store next to Mosaic Stadium. Staff and fans were clearly delighted as they took in the news.
"It's great," said fan Tenille Harris outside the store. "It's probably going to breathe some new life into the club for the rest of the year."
Following his Grey Cup-winning season with the Riders last year, Dressler went to Kansas City to try to win a spot on the Chiefs roster, but that didn't pan out and he was cut Monday.
That set the stage for his return this morning, something fans in the CFL hotbed of Saskatchewan were clamouring for.
The signing drew the attention of Premier Brad Wall, who tweeted out a welcome to the province's Prodigal Son.
"It says a lot about [the] Riders organization," Wall said on Twitter. "People used to ask: why would you want to play in Saskatchewan? Now it's: why wouldn't you want to play in Saskatchewan?"
The terms of his one-season contract have not been released, but reports this morning say he will be getting $200,000.
Enticements from fans
There are also the unofficial perks. Throughout the day Wednesday, various food vendors were offering Dressler free sandwiches, ice cream, steak dinners and cupcakes if he would say yes.
While Dressler will get his #7 back, backup quarterback Seth Doege, who had that number, will switch to #9.
The team is expected to reveal more details this afternoon.
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