Riders DL Willie Jefferson won’t attend NFL workouts unless offered contract

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Willie Jefferson won’t attend any NFL workouts unless a contract is in the offing, per sources.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders all-star defensive end only wants to entertain legitimate offers from NFL teams. He doesn’t want to attend workouts unless it’s a final stamp for putting pen to paper.

After Jefferson put together a CFL all-star season in 2017, NFL clubs came calling, but the ultra-athletic defender decided to extend his contract with Saskatchewan for the 2018 season.

Jefferson’s plan was to win a Grey Cup with the Riders in 2018 while also earning an NFL shot. The first part of the goal fell short, though the team was able to host the first home playoff game at new Mosaic Stadium. However, the second element is attainable, especially with what Jefferson put on film throughout the last year.

The Riders – and anyone with eyes – saw Jefferson take his game to another level, posting a career-best sack season with 10 while recording his first two career interceptions taking them both back for touchdowns. The 27-year-old is an elite defender in the CFL which could translate into the NFL, though he has had two tours down south.

Jefferson signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013 with the Houston Texans where he played in six games making two tackles. Buffalo had Jefferson in for a brief stint, but after the Bills released him, the Edmonton Eskimos brought the terrorizing defender north of the border. Chris Jones was the head coach at the time. After winning a Grey Cup with the Eskimos and Jones in 2015, Jefferson earned another NFL chance with Washington but he was among Redskins’ final cuts and he rejoined Jones in Saskatchewan.

If the NFL is serious about Jefferson then he’ll reciprocate.

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