The Miami Dolphins have scheduled a workout with the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player, defensive lineman Willie Jefferson, per sources.
It’s slated for Tuesday, December 10 in Miami.
Jefferson posted a career-high 12 sacks, forced six fumbles and knocked down a CFL single-season record 16 passes. He added 24 tackles, five tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one interception. The 28-year-old was named a CFL all-star for the third straight season.
Jefferson was a one man wrecking crew in the 2019 CFL championship game, recording three sacks and forcing two fumbles to help the Winnipeg Blue Bombers upset Hamilton in the Grey Cup 33-12, hoisting the big silver trophy for the first time in 29 years.
After the green and white offered him less than $175,000, Jefferson negotiated his own free agent contract because he felt the offer was below market value. He inked a one-year contract worth $210,000 with Winnipeg that included the following: a $100,000 signing bonus; $90,000 base salary; $15,000 housing; and $5,000 travel. The disruptive pass rusher performed in his first season with the Bombers.
Jefferson signed a lucrative contract in the Manitoba capital after spending parts of three years in Saskatchewan. He notched 34 tackles, 10 sacks, forced two fumbles while recording his first two career interceptions taking them both back for touchdowns during the 2018 campaign.
After Jefferson put together his first CFL all-star season in 2017, recording 45 tackles, eight sacks and one defensive touchdown, NFL teams came calling. But the ultra-athletic defender decided to extend his contract with the Riders instead of entertain opportunities south of the border. Jefferson is an elite defender in the CFL which could translate into the NFL, though he has had two tours down south.
The six-foot-seven, 248-pounder 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 and after the Bills released him, the Edmonton Eskimos brought the terrorizing defender north of the border.
Chris Jones was the Esks 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 the Redskins’ final cuts and rejoined Jones in Saskatchewan.
The Dolphins signed Cameron Wake in January 2009 and it worked out well for both sides. Wake earned almost $52 million USD during his tenure in Miami, a period over which he recorded 360 combined tackles and 98 sacks in 146 games. Wake made the Pro Bowl in five of 10 seasons with the Dolphins.
Last off-season Miami inked Jefferson’s former teammate, Sam Eguavoen who earned a starting linebacker role in South Beach. Eguavoen has made 40 combined tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 13 games for the Dolphins in his first NFL season.
Jefferson has made it known in the past he only wants to entertain legitimate offers from NFL teams and doesn’t want to attend workouts unless it’s a final stamp for putting pen to paper.