Reigning CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Jefferson calls Chris Jones, former CFL turned NFL coach, his favourite mentor in football.
Jefferson and Jones spent five seasons combined together between Edmonton and Saskatchewan. Jones left for an NFL job with the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2019 season and Jefferson would be open to joining him in the Dawg Pound.
“That’s up to them. I’m obviously free and healthy and doing a lot of athletic things right now. If they don’t bring me up there, that’s on them,” Jefferson said on The Rod Pedersen Show.
The 29-year-old hasn’t been to Cleveland for a workout, but he had a great on-field session in front of Miami’s staff in December. In fact, the Dolphins cut it short because Jefferson displayed everything the personnel men wanted to see.
Patrick Graham, who was Miami’s defensive coordinator, left for the same job with the New York Giants shortly after Jefferson visited the Dolphins. Josh Boyer was promoted to fill the roll for the Dolphins.
The six-foot-seven, 248-pounder signed as an undrafted NFL 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, though he was soon released by the Bills. Following two standout years in Edmonton, Washington inked Jefferson to a futures contract in 2016, but cut him following training camp.
Jefferson has been in the CFL ever since. Following a free agent tour to Toronto and Hamilton during the league’s negotiating period in February, Jefferson inked a two-year contract extension with Winnipeg. He loved the environment created by head coach Mike O’Shea and the Bombers while also feeling at home in the city from a family perspective.
“2021, I’m back in Winnipeg,” Jefferson said. “If everything shakes out, I’m there 2020 and 2021.”