Free-agent receiver Weston Dressler has agreed to return to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, according to reports, spurning an offer from the Ottawa Redblacks.
Ottawa general manager Marcel Desjardins said Wednesday he had made a contract offer to the coveted slotback, who cleared NFL waivers Tuesday after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. But TSN and Sportsnet both reported Dressler has reached a deal to return to Saskatchewan, which allowed him to become a free agent in January so he could take a shot at the NFL.
Sportsnet reported that Dressler got a prorated one-year deal worth $200,000 from the Riders.
The Redblacks' offer was reportedly worth $250,000 annually.
Shortly after working out for the Chiefs, Dressler, 29, signed with the NFL club and donned No. 13 in honour of Saskatchewan's rabid fans, affectionately dubbed the 13th Man.
The five-foot-eight, 179-pound native of Bismarck, N.D., has spent his entire six-year CFL career with Saskatchewan, registering 442 catches for 6,531 yards and 43 TDs. He surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving plateau five times, including the last four years.
Dressler had five catches for a game-high 81 yards and a TD in Saskatchewan's 45-23 Grey Cup victory over Hamilton last November at Regina's Mosaic Stadium. A two-time all-star, Dressler was the CFL's top rookie in 2008.
Dressler appeared in three exhibition games with Kansas City, recording a 19-yard kickoff return.
As an unrestricted free agent, Dressler was free to join any CFL team and there were reports that as many as five clubs were interested.