CFL’s reigning Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Jefferson reworks contract with Bombers

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms with defensive end Willie Jefferson on a restructured contract.

Jefferson signed a two-year extension last February and reworked the 2021 part of his commitment with the blue and gold.

The 29-year-old Jefferson produced the best season of his six-year CFL career in 2019. In his first year as a Blue Bomber, he posted a career-best 12 quarterback sacks, set a new CFL record for pass knockdowns by a defensive lineman with 16, while leading the league with six forced fumbles and adding 24 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries.

Jefferson was dominant in the 107th Grey Cup, registering three sacks and two forced fumbles as the Bombers captured their 11th championship in franchise history.

For his efforts, Jefferson was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the first time in his career and was also named a CFL all-star and West Division all-star for the third consecutive season as well as being named the Blue Bombers’ Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2019.

The 2021 season with be Jefferson’s seventh in the CFL after spending 2014-2015 with the Edmonton Football Team and 2016-2018 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The veteran lineman has played 94 regular season games, registering 43 sacks, 151 tackles, three career interceptions and touchdowns, and 12 forced fumbles.

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