The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international defensive lineman Willie Jefferson has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.
Jefferson (6'6 – 245) will join the Riders after recently attending training camp with the NFL's Washington Redskins where he played three preseason games.
The 25-year-old signed with Washington in January, 2016 after two standout seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. The Beaumont, Texas native registered 43 defensive tackles, 10 quarterback sacks and 10 knockdowns in 35 regular season games.
Jefferson won his first career Grey Cup in 2015 with the Edmonton Eskimos.
The Stephen F. Austin product also played six regular season games with the Houston Texans after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in April, 2013.
"We are excited to add a young player of Willie's caliber and character to our team," stated Riders General Manager and Head Coach Chris Jones. "Having coached Willie for two seasons I am well aware of his tremendous athleticism and work ethic. He is the type of player that can have an impact every play."