Argos putting full court press on CFL all-star Willie Jefferson in Toronto

The Toronto Argonauts are putting the full court press on Willie Jefferson.

The Jeffersons will attend the Toronto Raptors game on Saturday night — sitting court side —  when the reigning NBA champions host the Brooklyn Nets at Scotiabank Arena.

In the past when Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has brought a person being courted by the Argos to a Raptors or Leafs game, the signature move has resulted in a contract agreement. Just ask Jim Popp, Corey Chamblin or Derel Walker about the full MLSE treatment. Jefferson, his wife Holly and daughter Kelley are staying at Hotel X, the upscale Lakefront hotel.

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.

The six-foot-seven, 245-pound defensive lineman 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.

MLSE wants stars on the field and Jefferson provides the Argos with the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player with an NFL background. Jefferson is a marketable player in the Toronto sports scene. That’s why the Argos are willing to pay the freakishly athletic defensive lineman up to $300,000, according to sources.

Toronto has a perfect record when flying in CFL prospects be it in the front office or players. The Argos are trying to keep the streak alive by impressing Jefferson.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.