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.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.