Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign all-star defensive ends Willie Jefferson; Jackson Jeffcoat to extensions

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed all-star defensive ends Willie Jefferson and Jackson Jeffcoat to a contract extension.

Jefferson, the six-foot-seven, 252-pound native of Beaumont, Texas, was named the CFL’s outstanding defensive player in 2019 and helped the Bombers win back-to-back Grey Cup titles in ’19 and ’21. The 2020 CFL season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jefferson also won a Grey Cup title in 2015 with Edmonton.

In two seasons with the Bombers Jefferson has 19 sacks, three interceptions and nine forced fumbles in just 32 games.

He was named a CFL all-star for the fourth time in 2021 after recording seven sacks, 18 tackles, two interceptions _ including one for a touchdown _ and three forced fumbles.

Jefferson set a league record for defensive linemen in 2019 when he had 16 pass knockdowns.

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He began his CFL career with Edmonton in 2014. He signed with Saskatchewan in 2016, and spent three seasons in Regina before joining the Blue Bombers.

Jefferson, who turns 31 later this month, has recorded 50 sacks over 108 career regular-season games and has been named a CFL All-Star four times.

Later Friday morning, the Bombers also announced they had agreed to terms with Jackson Jeffcoat.

Jeffcoat, a University of Texas native, returns for a fifth season. He racked up nine QB sacks to lead the Bombers in 2021, while forcing four fumbles, two pass knockdowns and adding 26 tackles to his season.

He then added two more tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Bombers two playoff games, including the Grey Cup victory in Hamilton.

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