Weston Dressler expected to sign with NFL team

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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2013 file photo, Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Weston Dressler hoists the cup after beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Grey Cup football game in Regina, Saskatchewan. On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, the Roughriders released Dressler to give him the opportunity to sign with a National Football League team. The former Bismarck High and University of North Dakota standout played six seasons with the Roughriders, topping the 1,000-yard receiving mark five times. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn, File)

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders have released receiver Weston Dressler to give him the opportunity to sign with a National Football League team.

The former Bismarck High and University of North Dakota standout played six seasons with the Roughriders, topping the 1,000-yard receiving mark five times. He also was the CFL's rookie of the year in 2008 and won a Grey Cup championship with the team this past season.

Dressler says a deal with an NFL team is imminent, though he isn't saying which one. He had a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs a few weeks ago.

"I've got a decision made, and it's kind of just come down to the point where we each need to cross the T's and dot the I's," he said during a Thursday press conference.

"Ever since the first time I touched a football, that's something I dreamed about ... having an opportunity to play in the NFL, on the game's biggest stage," Dressler said. "To kind of get to that point now is pretty surreal."

 
 
 

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