Willie Jefferson headlines Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ free agent list

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fell just shy of completing a Grey Cup three-peat this past weekend, falling to the Toronto Argonauts by a score of 24-23. The club has a veteran roster that has remained mostly intact over the four years and the club’s brass will be tasked with continuing that trend this off-season.

Though the list below might seem long, there are whispers that some players listed below may have already agreed to terms on contract extensions. Expect offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat to be back, while Willie Jefferson is reportedly working on an extension as well.

Below is every player who is currently slated to reach free agency for the Blue Bombers in February 2023.

Please note that “N” denotes nationals (ie. Canadians), “A” denotes Americans, and “G” denotes Globals.

Quarterback

Dakota Prukop (A)

Running back

None

Fullback

Mike Miller (N)

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Receiver

Rasheed Bailey (A)
Nic Demski (N)
Greg Ellingson (A)
Janarion Grant (A)

Offensive line

Stanley Bryant (A)
Michael Couture (N)
Jermarcus Hardrick (A)
Patrick Neufeld (N)

Defensive line

Keion Adams (A)
Jackson Jeffcoat (A)
Willie Jefferson (A)
Casey Sayles (A)
Jake Thomas (N)

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Linebacker

Adam Bighill (A)
Jesse Briggs (N)
Shayne Gauthier (N)
Les Maruo (G)
Kyrie Wilson (A)

Defensive back

Alden Darby (A)
Desmond Lawrence (A)
Mercy Maston (A)
Winston Rose (A)
Nick Taylor (A)

Kicker

None

Long snapper

Mike Benson (N)

A number of players finished the season on the practice roster, including American receiver Jaivon Heiligh, Global receiver Timothy Knuettel, American receiver Greg McCrae, Canadian receiver Luke McMillan, American offensive lineman Eric Lofton, American offensive lineman Tyler Witt, American linebacker DeJaun Cooper, Global defensive back Souleymane Karamoko, Canadian defensive back Cedric Lavigne, American defensive back Donald Rutledge Jr., and American kicker Ali Mourtada. As such, they are currently free agents.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.