November 26, 2022

Blue Bombers extend contract of defensive end Willie Jefferson

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WINNIPEG, MB., November 26, 2022 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with all-star defensive end Willie Jefferson on a one-year contract extension. Jefferson was a pending free agent in February.

Jefferson (6-7, 242, Stephen F. Austin; born: January 31, 1991, in Beaumont, TX) returns in 2023 for what will be his fourth season with the Blue Bombers and ninth in the Canadian Football League.

The Blue Bombers’ Most Outstanding Defensive player in 2022, Jefferson was also named a West Division All-Star after leading the club in quarterback sacks with seven, adding 33 tackles, one interception for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, and 10 pass knockdowns.

During the 2022 season, Jefferson also became the first player in CFL history to record 50 sacks and 50 pass knockdowns. In his three years with the Blue Bombers, he has recorded 26 sacks, four interceptions, two touchdowns and 36 knockdowns – including the 16 he posted in 2019, a league record for defensive linemen.

Jefferson is a four-time CFL All-Star who was also honoured as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2019. Jefferson first came to the CFL with Edmonton in 2014, signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016 before joining the Blue Bombers in 2019. He has appeared in 126 CFL games in his career, including the last 50 with the Blue Bombers.