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PRO FOOTBALL: Former UND star headed to the NFL

It’s official. Weston Dressler is headed to the NFL.

The former UND star wide receiver signed a reserve-futures contract Tuesday with the Kansas City Chiefs, a few days after he was released by the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Saskatchewan released Dressler early from his contract to allow him to pursue his NFL dream. His CFL free agency wasn’t scheduled to begin until Feb. 15.

The 28-year-old Dressler caught 442 passes for 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns during his six-year career with the Roughriders, who are the defending Grey Cup champions.

Dressler, a 5-foot-7 and 179-pound Bismarck native, worked out with the Chiefs in early January.

Dressler’s impact in Kansas City might be impacted by the free agency decisions of the Chiefs and slot receiver Dexter McCluster, a free agent who made his first Pro Bowl this season as a punt returner.

NFL free agency begins March 11.

The Chiefs went 11-5 last season before losing to the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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