Dorsey lands NFL deal

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

A big season with the Toronto Argonauts has landed Dominique Dorsey a big opportunity south of the border.

The electrifying kick returner has signed a contract with the NFL's Washington Redskins and will attempt to make the team as a free agent this summer.

Dorsey, who was named the CFL's outstanding special teams player in 2008, cemented his reputation as an elusive kick returner throughout the season and attracted the attention of several NFL scouts.

Despite missing five games due to injury, he ended the season as the CFL's all-purpose yards leader by nearly 150 yards. Dorsey set a new Argos single-season kickoff yards record (1,257) and a new club single-game kickoff yards record (225). He scored four touchdowns during the season and four times was named the CFL's special teams player of the week.

"Congratulations to Dominique on this well-deserved opportunity," Argos general manager Adam Rita said in a statement. "He is a hard player to replace."

Dorsey's signing comes on the heels of cornerback Byron Parker's deal last week with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"It was a tough decision to leave -- I felt like I made a home for myself in Toronto and wanted to win a Grey Cup there badly," Dorsey said. "I showcased my best abilities in Toronto but needed to pursue this opportunity in Washington at this point in my career."


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