National defensive back Jeff Hecht has signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, per sources.
The 32-year-old had been a free agent since being released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in April.
Hecht was acquired by the Riders via trade in August 2016 and re-signed with Saskatchewan in March 2017, playing in 26 games making 28 tackles, 13 special teams tackles and forcing one fumble with the Riders. Hecht has suited up in 100 career CFL games making 75 defensive tackles, 50 special teams tackles, forcing four fumbles and grabbing one interception after going unselected in the 2011 CFL draft. He’s spent time with the Alouettes, Stampeders – winning a Grey Cup with Calgary in 2014 – and Riders.
Hecht brings a proven veteran presence, seven years of CFL experience, to the Bombers defence and special teams units, needed after Canadian Derek Jones was placed on the six-game injured list with a lower-body injury.