The reigning CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player, defensive end Willie Jefferson has turned down NFL workout requests.
“I understand from when I did the workout with Miami, word got around how good the workout was. I was scheduled to go to a couple other places but my agent and I decided with the workout going so good in Miami, we were gonna try to not do so many other ones,” Jefferson told the Winnipeg Sun.
“I feel like with the film I put out and how good I did this past season, I didn’t really need to keep doing a whole lot of workouts. These teams know who I am, they know what I can do and they know what I can bring to the table.”
Jefferson had a great showing in front of the Dolphins’ staff. In fact, Miami cut it short because Jefferson displayed everything the personnel men wanted to see – walked away with a strong positive impression. That was according to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk.
“It’s just my mindset. I’m going through these workouts knowing they don’t want just a one-dimensional player, they want somebody that can do everything, that can stop the run, pass rush and also drop into coverage,” Jefferson said.
“Me going into the off-season, doing workouts, compared to me going into the off-season doing workouts in other years, I feel like I’m more of a complete player. I can drop into coverage, stop the run and pass rush and I have greater knowledge of the game.”
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.
“It’s really been just like a waiting game for me and my agent. I feel like when I did the workout, we spoke and everything and the coaches seemed to like me. So I’m just waiting. You don’t know what the coaching change and stuff is gonna be,” Jefferson said.
“Me being from the States, having the opportunity to play in the NFL and seeing the things the NFL brings to the lifestyle of a person and his family. I would like to get back to that.”
Jefferson was a one man wrecking crew in the 2019 CFL championship game, recording three sacks and forcing two fumbles to help the Blue Bombers upset Hamilton in the Grey Cup 33-12, hoisting the big silver trophy for the first time in 29 years.
“If the opportunity doesn’t arise in the NFL I have no problem coming back to the CFL. Most definitely I’d like to come back to Winnipeg,” Jefferson said.
“It’s a good fit for me, with the coaching staff and the guys that are gonna be there. If I do have a chance to get back to Winnipeg, I want to get back with those guys and try to do something special.”