The Kansas City Chiefs have taken the first step toward improving a mediocre passing game with the signing of Canadian Football League star wide receiver, Weston Dressler, to a 3-year contract, according to ESPN National NFL reporter, Adam Teicher.
#Chiefs have indeed signed WR Weston Dressler to a contract. Was a CFL star. Interesting to see how he fits in KC
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) February 4, 2014
New #Chiefs WR Weston Dressler’s contract is for 3 years and the minimum each year ($420,000 in 14, $510,000 in 15 and $600,000 in 16).
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) February 6, 2014
This signing could very well mark the end of Dexter McCluster‘s time in Kansas City. McCluster, who is an exciting and explosive punt returner, has been very disappointing as a wide receiver. The play making ability he displayed in the punting game just never translated to the offense .
McCluster actually gained more yardage per punt return (11.8) than he did in the passing game (9.6), with the same amount of touchdowns.
Weston Dressler is a former CFL Rookie of the Year, and a 5-time all-star in that league. He has 442 career receptions in 6 seasons, with 6,631 yards, and 43 touchdowns.
McCluster is a free agent and he about priced himself right off the Chiefs. He made $1.4 million in 2013, and if he gets even a small, natural raise, plus however may extra hundred thousands he will earn with Pro Bowler attached to his name, Kansas City can’t pay him for that lack of production.
Dressler is going to make a million dollars less in 2014 than McCluster did in 2013. In this alone, the Chiefs made the right decision. Jason Seibel at Arrowhead Addict agrees.
While it is not certain Kansas City won’t re-sign McCluster, it is hard to imagine they will now with Dressler in the fold. Dressler will certainly be slotted to fill the spot of speedy slot receiver for the Chiefs if McCluster does in fact move on.
It is hard to know if Dressler’s obvious skill set will translate from the CFL to the NFL, but we have to trust John Dorsey and Andy Reid in this. They would not have signed him to any contract, minimum salary or not, if they didn’t think he could contribute in some way.
Dressler most likely won’t be the star in the NFL as he was in the CFL, but he might turn out to be an inexpensive upgrade for the Chiefs at wide receiver.
In the meantime, enjoy your first look at some Weston Dressler (7) highlights. I didn’t pick the music, just to be clear…