CFL Most Outstanding Defensive player, Willie Jefferson remains focused on the NFL

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Reigning CFL Most Outstanding Defensive player, defensive lineman Willie Jefferson is focused on the NFL.

Jefferson has drawn interest from south of the border, again, following a career-high 12 sacks, six forced fumbles and knocking 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.

“Willie and I have had good talks. It seems cordial and we’re both saying the right things to each other but he’s not overly concerned about talking CFL contract at this moment well he’s still trying to figure out if he can get an NFL deal,” Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said.

Jefferson had a great showing in front of the Dolphins’ staff in December. 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.

“We were hoping to have more updates. You can’t force a player to make any sort a decision. He’s doing what’s best for him and his family and he can take as much time as he wants,” Walters said.

“But how long do you hold that bit of money back? Hoping that you get Willie later at the potential expense of missing out on another player. That is the dance.”

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.

“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,” Jefferson told the Winnipeg Sun. “These teams know who I am, they know what I can do and they know what I can bring to the table.”