Thursday, February 6, 2014
Chiefs could cut Dressler at no cost
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If recently signed wide receiver Weston Dressler doesn't impress the Kansas City Chiefs with his play during the offseason, training camp and the preseason, they can release Dressler at no cost.
The three-year contract signed by Dressler is worth $1.53 million but contains no bonuses. The salaries are the minimum each year: $420,000 in 2014, $510,000 in 2015, $600,000 in 2016.
So there's no risk to the Chiefs in at least taking a look at Dressler. The Chiefs are hopeful they will get significant production from the 28-year-old Dressler, a six-year veteran with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders. Dressler caught 70 passes and scored nine touchdowns last year. But they're certainly not tied to him if he's a bust.
Still, his signing is an interesting one as it relates to Dexter McCluster, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. There wouldn't appear to be roster room for two diminutive players with similar skill sets. The best one plays slot receiver and returns kicks. The other does nothing.
So maybe the Dressler signing is just insurance in case re-signing McCluster gets too expensive for the Chiefs. McCluster didn't deliver a lot on offense last season, his first playing for Andy Reid. But Reid liked McCluster going back to his time as the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and was eager to work with him as last year started.
Did he see so little from McCluster that he changed his mind? We'll find out as we get closer to the start of free agency next month.