Freaky athletic defender Willie Jefferson extends contract with Riders

Riders defensive end Willie Jefferson has extended his contract with the Riders through the 2018 season, per sources.

The 26-year-old had an all-star season in 2017 recording 45 tackles and a team-high eight sacks to go with one defensive touchdown while starting all 18 games. The six-foot-six, 245-pounder led the league in quarterback pressures with 34 – nine more than the next closest defender. He added three tackles, one sack and one interception in two playoff games.

Jefferson is a consistent disruptor that makes offences game plan for him and know his whereabouts on every single snap. He does whatever Chris Jones asks within the defensive scheme.

Originally Jefferson signed on in Saskatchewan after being waived by the Washington Redskins in 2016, he made eight tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble in five games that year. The connection to Jones, the two spent two seasons in Edmonton as the Beaumont, Texas native was breaking into the league and won a Grey Cup together in 2015, brought Jefferson to Regina.

An integral and ultra-athletic piece of the Riders’ defence has been secured.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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28 Comments on Freaky athletic defender Willie Jefferson extends contract with Riders

  1. Good. He’s a beast and a key component of our d-line.

  2. Excellent signing.

  3. Lancaster/Reed // November 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm //

    Thats a big relief. Hes perfect for a chris jones defense.

  4. Great signing…happy to have Willie back in green!

  5. Rick cowan // November 20, 2017 at 5:09 pm //

    Great signing now I hope they resign Jovan Johnson

  6. How is this guy not in the NFL

    • theonlydispassionateriderfan // November 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm //

      Deemed to small to be an edge rusher, too slow for an Outside LB. But he’s the perfect hybrid for the CFL.

  7. Stallion in grey saddle // November 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm //

    Yes good signing. But I’m sure it wasn’t cheap

  8. riderontheisland // November 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm //

    Wow is this a huge silver lining right now. IMO this is the best Dlineman in the CFL. I believe we were the #1 defense the last half of the season and it’s going to be impressive what we’ll do without all of the musical chairs next year.

  9. he was going to sign with the riders or another cfl team his nfl dream is over BUT great cfl player. we would never have seen if he did not for doing drugs early in his pro career….anybody have a clue on $alary?…..I am sure there must have a signing bonus

  10. Who are these sources Justin?!?! WE WANT PROOF!!!!!


  11. true green // November 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm //

    Beast, worth a solid salary. This guy was the best D player on the field yesterday.

  12. The best players in the CFL should be compensated accordingly. Jefferson being one of them. Every roster has the high – medium and lastly the low paid guys based on their overall contribution when they play and what they contribute to the team. The NFLs lack of insight on Willie is their loss and for the Riders and the CFL their gain.

  13. Awesome news, with one or two more pieces in place, he will be ubblockable next year!

  14. Unblockable, I just can’t type on a phone.

  15. Stallion in grey saddle // November 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm //

    Riderfans in Regina. There is a great opportunity for you all tomorrow.
    Around 2pm grab your binoculars look up and you will see the Canadian North CFL themed plane flying east to Ottawa!. Look for the Rider logo and you will see Bo sitting in the window right above waving.

    • Why is he leaving early? Is he getting some Casino time in so he can say he won something in Ottawa?

    • True green // November 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm //

      Good luck out east Donkey, I’d like to see the GC returned to the west even though it won’t be to Saskatchewan.

      You do know the Riders are a SK team right? Regina makes up about 25% of the fan base.

      • Stallion in grey saddle // November 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm //

        Yes but you can’t view the plane from everywhere. Only Regina

        • actually by the time its as far east as regina, its south of the border when flying to ontario. but eagle eyes Bo can probably see regina right?

    • Crapping his pants

    • Habsnriders // November 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm //

      And your comment has what to do with the riders signing ? Oh ya why is he leaving early it’s not like he up for any awards .
      All happy now and flying back Sunday heads hanging wondering once again what happened

  16. This is great news!

  17. Adam Stocker // November 20, 2017 at 10:51 pm //

    Great signing for the Riders. I’m really surprised he didnt take one last chance at the NFL given he is only 26 years old, has an NFL body and was very productive this season.

  18. Fabulous for willie Jefferson the riders and
    their fans. I hope willie becomes part of a rider dynasty and in doing so is welcomed everywhere in Saskatchewan. Move to Canada mr Jefferson. You have a strong work ethic, focus and an admirable sense of collegiality with your teammates. Welcome back home.

  19. Ok this post at 2pm the 20th Nov I have video at almost 5pm the 20th of Nov of WILLIE JEFFERSON saying he’s going to relax now that he’s a free agent and wait to see out come there us nothing else out there saying WILLIE JEFFERSON staying with riders for another year. Justin where you get this as proof not even sask Roughriders players know if him signing as a few are my friends.

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