Canadian defensive back Jeff Hecht has re-signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for one year through the 2019 season, per sources.
The 33-year-old played in 14 games for Winnipeg making eight tackles, seven on special teams, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 2018.
Hecht was a free agent add after the Saskatchewan Roughriders released him last 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 114 career CFL games recording 83 defensive tackles, 57 special teams stops, forcing five fumbles, grabbing two interceptions and notching two sacks after going unselected in the 2011 CFL draft. He’s spent time with the Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders – winning a Grey Cup with Calgary in 2014 – Riders and Bombers.
Hecht brings a proven veteran presence, eight years of CFL experience, to the Bombers defence and special teams units. It appears Winnipeg is planning to move on from national safety Taylor Loffler, a three-time CFL all-star. Young non-import players Abubakarr Conteh and Jacob Firlotte are developing. Hecht can pair with fellow Canadian Derek Jones to form a capable duo on the backend.