Eskimos agree to terms with DB A.J. Jefferson day after Riders release

Edmonton has agreed to terms on a deal with defensive back A.J. Jefferson, per sources.

The Eskimos lost rookie cover man Mercy Maston for the season because of a torn Achilles suffered in warm-ups before the team took on Calgary in Week 12. Then, Garry Peters had his ankle rolled up on that could cause him to miss some time.

Jefferson brings instant experience to Edmonton’s roster in the defensive backfield.

Saskatchewan signed Jefferson in mid-July, but the Riders released him on September 11 without suiting up in a game for the green and white.

The 29-year-old was let go by the Redblacks after Ottawa’s Week 3 loss to Toronto, playing in two games for them this season making four tackles.

The Fresno State product began his CFL career with Toronto and played two years with the Argos in 2015 and 2016. In 30 games he made 91 tackles and six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

Before coming to the CFL, Jefferson played four seasons in the NFL, split between the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. He made 109 tackles, knocked down 19 passes and intercepted two passes in 43 games.

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42 Comments on Eskimos agree to terms with DB A.J. Jefferson day after Riders release

  1. white stallion in red // September 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm //

    With the injuries this move makes sense. I’m sure Jefferson will be enjoy the change

    • Any place but the Riders eh horse

      • white stallion in red // September 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm //

        My god..your petulance is annoying. Yes Eskimos are bringing in players, they have no choice with their current health . If the riders ever experienced what Calgary or Edmonton have in one year , the riders would be brought to their knees. The riders are bringing guys in because they seem incapable of proper scouting and building stability. Big Difference!!

        • Really the Ticats set a record last year when it came to injuries and are decimated again this season. No one cares what your opinion is horsie. Im begining to side with the Riders fans for some reason you cant seem to post anything with out a mention of Jones or the Green and White. Maybe youre a closet fan, Bet you sleep under a Riders blanket. Seriously change your tone or go away.

        • Oh please coach horse – bless us with more of your football knowledge before I wipe. You go on EVERY Rider story and drop hate. Bring Rider hate into pieces that have ZERO to do with them constantly until you get called to the office… know all about annoying.

        • See what I mean.

        • Haha, you’re calling someone out on their petulance? If this were the Riders signing the guy you would cry foul. But since it’s the Eskies taking a Rider it’s magically all good in your books. Your opinions are so off the mark each and every time. But keep going buddy, only a matter of time before you’re back in the penalty sandbox.

          • Lol its just a matter of time before he goes into time out. And I hope its permanent next time. Its not just rider fans getting fed up with his crap. I only hope drew edwards actually pays attention to these threads and see’s whats going on. Drew please for the love of all that is holy correct this problem!

        • Thought I read somewhere that the Riders had almost twenty players on 6 game last year and currently have over a dozen on it now. Your argument horse lacks substance.

    • What’s your deal? Most of your posts are not necessarily fact but appear to be hate, what’s the deal?

  2. He got turned inside out by SJ Green earlier this year. Back to back games he gave up a ton of yards. Hope he’s fixed his issues…

  3. grumblingaboutgreen // September 13, 2017 at 1:04 am //

    WITHOUT suiting up in a GAME for the GREEN and WHITE

    did anyone NOTICE that little TIDBIT from the article? chris jones likes to COLLECT shiny toys without PURPOSE! one of many traits he shares with a WEASEL. its not like jefferson was an UNKNOWN quantity having FOUR seasons of NFL play on his RESUME along with TWO years and change in the CFL! but the saskatchewan LEADERSHIP despite not having ANY clue how to REVERSE their current slide NEVERTHELESS strives to take the MOST action with the LEAST effect possible! perhaps it is a public RELATIONS move to distract the FANS from impending failure by giving jones something to POINT to as evidence that he is working to FIX the problem. nero FIDDLED while rome BURNED and likewise jones signs players but NEVER lets them see the field while the riders watch their SEASON slip away!

    but at LEAST jefferson much like jonathan NEWSOME is now FREE of the cult of despotic FAILURE that permeates the LEADERSHIP ranks in riderhole. instead of sitting on the BENCH due to joness CAPRICIOUS decisions while the PRIME years of his playing CAREER and moreover of his LIFE elapse he is now in a situation where he can make immediate IMPACT on the eskimo squad! and NOT coincidentally the COMPETENT if MERCURIAL coaching staff in edmonton has positioned their team for a PLAYOFF run which the riders are set to MISS for the THIRD year running. what a change of FORTUNE it is for this mans STAT SHEET which for a pro athlete doubles as his RESUME! instead of having a GAP for 2017 it might show a GREY CUP campaign!

    • grumblingaboutgreen

      This must be Horsie’s asses dad. A bigger Horse’s Ass than little horsie’s ass. Or, maybe it’s just horsie & his fantasy.

      Either way, (g)rumbling(a)bout(g)reen (GAG), I think you subconciously feel your posts should be gagged because you know that you’re a hateful imbecilic moron lacking the wisdom, maturity & social etiquette necessary to coexist in a forum and in society.

      By the way you’re just pissed everytime the Riders & Jones are making moves because it is only making the Riders stronger, faster & smarter. The Riders will play spoilers this year. Next year everyone in the West will be eating our dust in the standings.

      The Riders are improving all the time & are presently adding quality to the 2nd & 3rd layer of positional depth. A.J. Jefferson was perhaps a stop gap solution in case of injuries to the DB’s but more than likely he was there as a competitor for a DB position.

      • grumblingaboutgreen // September 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm //

        all the armchair PSYCHOLOGISTS on here would do well to REMEMBER the caveat that sometimes a cigar is JUST a cigar. and SIMILARLY when i point out the riders SHORTCOMINGS there is no hidden MESSAGE beyond their colossal INEPTITUDE!

        its also kind of FUNNY how saskatchewan fans always seem to think NEXT year magic will happen and the team will IMPROVE! but even a CURSORY glance at the standings SHOWS their trajectory has been steadily DOWNWARD since mortgaging their FUTURE to win the 2013 championship in violation of the SALARY cap. in that season they finished SECOND, the next they finished THIRD, and ever after they have wound up FIFTH and only PREVENTED from CONTINUING their slide by there being no one LEFT to LOSE to!

        also again i have NO RELATION to the commenter formerly known as STAMPLAND. BUT i would probably have to repeat that EVERY day from now until DOOMSDAY for the green fans to COTTON ON!

        • Downward spiral since 2013…only to be on the up and up big time now with Chris Jones at the helm. Mark my words.. we will be the powerhouse of the league shortly. Its just a matter of time grumbling. I think people would probably take you a bit more serious is you actually typed like an adult as opposed to a pissed off teenage girl. Just saying man.

          • white stallion in red // September 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm //

            OK rob I’ll mark you words

          • Please do, Stamps can only hang on to that spot for so long. Just a matter of time for them to drop off. Remember time is cyclical. And if you need a description for cyclical let me know 😉

        • Pretty sure if a psychologist had you as a client – they would be the one on the couch!!

    • greenHORSIErides // September 13, 2017 at 10:29 am //


      I’m just wondering HOW you DECIDE which words you CAPITALIZE? It’s so HARD to READ your comment as I can’t FIGURE out when to put EMPHASIS on the WORDS!

      Keep on GRUMBLING about GREEN

      • grumblingaboutgreen // September 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm //

        its a MIX of capturing the NATURAL rhythm of speech and EMPHASIS on some of the words that are IMPORTANT to the sentence. the IDEA is to take an aspect of writing that is CONVENTIONALLY used for purely DECORATIVE purposes and use it to convey ADDITIONAL semantic meaning. once youve PUNCTUATED the end of the SENTENCE capitalising the next letter doesnt add ANY new INFORMATION which frees up that channel for more FUNCTIONAL purposes.

      • LoLoLoLoLoLoL. rofl. rofl. rofl.rofl. rofl. this is PRECIOUS. I read HIS first COMMENT. Skip Over THEM now.

    • Did anyone actually read this fully? I started to go cross eyed after the first set of Capitals.. His grumbings are just plain dumb and full of hate. Just another guy looking for attention, must not be getting enough at home.

  4. pantsonfire // September 13, 2017 at 1:19 am //

    Grumbling you have a point. Jones does like picking up a lot of players with no apparent role for them. Bring them in, put some money in their pockets for a few weeks, don’t play them & send them on. They come with much fanfare & leave with much nodding of heads as Jones has made another brilliant decision to let them go. Identifies a talent as they come in only to decide they don’t have the royal jelly & sends them on their way, all this without playing a game. I do wish he would get a wardrobe consultant to go along with the 3 Quality Control coaches.

  5. Thank you so much for your usual misanthropic outlook sir babbleon.

  6. Rumblinbumblinfumblin // September 13, 2017 at 10:06 am //

    This is simply a depth move. The Riders brought him in for depth at the start of the season. He was a practice roster guy meaning he got a whopping 700 bucks a week. Not a regular salary. So we can throw that theory out the window.

    Any team adding him pays that same practice roster salary. The issue here is now if he is playing in a regular season game as a veteran how does that impact the cap. But I do believe ion the right system with the right position this guy can be a huge playmaker. Eskimos made a good signing in my opinion.

  7. white stallion in red // September 13, 2017 at 11:01 am //

    Absolutely!! I’ve said this since I’ve been here. Jones can’t resist shiny objects. He he just signs and signs when one is out there. What happened to his huge scouting network and his 1000’s of recruits?? And what is Jones saying to all these guys to get them to sign?
    Riderfans will say it’s loyalty….please!!!!.. why would players sign when they know they’ll have to unduely look over their shoulders constantly.
    Imagine last year. You make the team and suddenly see 50 players that came out if nowhere that you are now competing with at practice. …if you all don’t think BLM had some thanks whispered in his ear by riders players you are wrong.

    • You are obsessive with all that is Riders and Jones. I think its time for you to find a new hobby horsie. Nothing better to do with your time?
      Seems to me you have taken a major liking to the best team/fans in the league. There is always more room for more 😉

    • white stallion in red, racist name much? why not just stallion? oh right, you’re from Calgary.

      • white stallion in red // September 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm //

        What? Racist? I’m not sure who you came up with that

        • Take a real real close look at your name. Had the same thoughts about it at first. Then after reading your comments I realized that you really really didn’t know any better so I excused it.

      • Does Ottawa’s team name bother you also? I’m really baffled by people who pretend colours should now be treated as offensive by default. Like a guy who was shocked to hear #000000 called “black” – “you can’t say that word!”

        Historically one might have described it as “gules a horse argent in full career”. How’s that?

  8. Damn I was hoing the Als or TiCats would grab him. Solid veteran

  9. mrincomprehensible // September 14, 2017 at 10:13 pm //

    Horsey and Mumbling made no comment about the RB’s letting him go. Just the Riders. Riders news is better than a girly mag for these guys.

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