KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs have signed Canadian Football League star Weston Dressler to a futures contract, hoping he can bolster a relatively weak wide receiver corps.
The 28-year-old Dressler has spent the past six years in the CFL, where he caught 442 passes for 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He caught 70 passes for more than 1,000 yards and nine TDs in helping the Roughriders win the Grey Cup.
"He's not your prototypical big NFL receiver, but he's very savvy and crafty in his route running and that's what's given him a lot of success out there," Roughriders assistant general manager Jeremy O'Day told the Kansas City Star. "I don't think you'll find a tougher guy ... when he does get hurt, he plays through those injuries, and he doesn't want to come out of games and he doesn't want to miss practice."
The Chiefs have not announced the signing, which appeared on the NFL's transaction report.
Dressler was a standout at North Dakota but never generated much interest from the NFL. He is listed at 5-foot-7, 179 pounds.
The Chiefs could be looking at Dressler to replace wide receiver Dexter McCluster, who is due to become a free agent.
Dressler is a capable returner should he be called on to fill the role next season if McCluster doesn't return.
O'Day told the Star that the Roughriders limited Dressler's return duty "because we didn't want to get him hurt," but "he made some huge returns for us."
"He was definitely our best punt catcher and has the ability to return it as well," he told the newspaper.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.