The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with defensive end Willie Jefferson, the team announced on Saturday. He was scheduled to be a free agent in February.
The six-foot-seven, 242-pound defender made 33 tackles, 10 pass knockdowns, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, and one touchdown this past season and was named a West Division all-star as well as Winnipeg’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
The native of Beaumont, Texas first joined Winnipeg as a free agent in 2019 and has recorded 75 tackles, 36 knockdowns, 26 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, four interceptions, and two touchdowns. The four-time league all-star was also named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2019.
Jefferson first came to the CFL with Edmonton in 2014 before a brief stint with the Washington Football Team. He then played three seasons with Saskatchewan before signing in the Manitoba capital. He has made 204 total tackles, 57 sacks, 17 forced fumbles, six interceptions, and five touchdowns over 126 career games.
The 31-year-old will return in 2023 for his fourth season with the Blue Bombers and ninth in the CFL. He and his family live in Winnipeg year-round.