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Sunday, February 4, 2018

JEFFERSON RETURNING TO RIDERS


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed international defensive lineman Willie Jefferson to a contract extension.         

Jefferson (6’6 – 245) will remain with the Riders after joining the team in September, 2016. The 27-year-old, four-year veteran originally entered the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2014. He played two seasons with the Eskimos before spending part of the 2016 season with the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

Last season, Jefferson started all 18 regular-season games while registering career highs with 45 defensive tackles and eight quarterback sacks and a league-leading 37 quarterback pressures. He also added a blocked punt that he recovered and returned 22 yards for a touchdown. At season’s end, he was named a CFL All-Star and West Division All-Star. 

“Willie is an important part of our team culture and has developed into a leader on and off the field,” stated Chris Jones, Riders Vice-President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach. “He is a versatile player with a rare combination of size and speed. At 27 years old he has lots of good football ahead of him.”   

Jefferson was eligible to become a free agent on February 13.

16 comments:

3RD and 1 said...

SMOKIN!!! Willy on one end of the Dline and Charleston on the other end. The Riders will have a pass rush like they did back when Chick and Bagg put on the pressure. Now we have 2 BIG, fast, Athletic players.
Looks like SK is going to be extremely competitive. As long as SK stays healthy in 2018 they will have a legitimate shot at being a championship team. Time will tell.

GangGreen said...

He must be looking forward to working with Hughes.

The pieces are starting to fall in place.

Anonymous said...

Thank god #7 has been signed, sealed and retained by the Great Chris Jones and this was not a free Willie story!

Anonymous said...

qb - collaros, bridge
rb - marshall, richardson, thigpen
wr - carter, roosevelt, grant, owens, holley, bagg
ol - dennis, dyakowski, labatte, coleman, bladek (re-sign clark?)

dl - jefferson, hughes, antigha, james, (need another d-tackle)
lb - muamba, eguavoen, moncrief
db - gainey, johnson, butler, (needs fillers)

hard to argue this team isn't being built to take a serious run in 2018.

Anonymous said...

Now que the bitching from fans. That's too much money. What about the salary cap etc?

For those that do chose to complain, remember, tgey have people who understand how this all works and know what they are doing.

John Knight said...

Great signing.

Anonymous said...

Jefferson signs for 190,000 than you have Collaros at 430,000,carter at 175,000 and bridge at 200,000 + and that's almost 1 million with only 4 guys with a salary cap of 5.1 million tell me jones isn't going over the cap AGAIN ,than again he will be using his 6 game list quite bit this year again to try saving the cap hit on all these ghost injuries,many players will be taking turns this year ,its crazy how every other team must follow the cap except the riders .

Anonymous said...

no bitching from anyone, this team is looking great

@mrt_man said...

SHOULD BE ROOM FOR A COUPLE FREE AGENT MOVES IF THEY CUT DYAKOWSKI

Anonymous said...

Tremendous Rider news!

Anonymous said...

Let Clark go, Labatte better at center. Jones can play guard.

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting how the offensive line gets graded by Jones. Right now I think Clarke is the best Canadian Lineman available as a free agent. I think his last contract might have been too rich so he might have to take a little drop. It will be interesting how they manage Derek Dennis. His contract might be a little rich for what he offered last year as well. If he has a big bonus coming I could see them cutting him loose. As far as Peter Dyakowski is concerned, since he is Canadian and his contribution I thought overall was good last year, I'd expect him here another year. Labatte I thought did pretty well at center. Our future on the O-line looks interesting; Josiah St. John is developing slower than expected but still has a future, Emmanuel Adusei, Eddie Meredith and Danny Sprukulis are all projects and probably steels in last years draft. Don't forget Jeremy Zver. It will be interesting to see how all these fellows grow. Dariusz Bladek might eventually unseat Dyakowski. Finally I think Bruce Campbell has to be signed. They say he was the best on the O-line. Perhaps last year's O-line weakness maybe more caused by injury. Time will tell.

Anonymous said...

It looks like there are a lot of DB's that are free agents. Now with Kacey Rogers gone wonder who will play his corner. If it not Carter then maybe Chris Lyles. My Bet is this is where Jones Free Agent focus will be........Perhaps Zack Evans comes home. Defensive tackle looks like a possible hole to fill.

Anonymous said...

With all the high salaries on the riders right now I don't see how you would have cap room for Zach Evans...he is Canadian and a beast, will get a big salary

Anonymous said...

Last year Eddie Steel was the starting Canadian on the D-line and he was a free agent acquisition then. Ese Mrabure-Ajufo rotated with him and I expect was paid the minimum salary. Not sure how this will work but we need power up the middle to make Jefferson and Hughes effective. At the end of the day we need a Canadian starter in the Defensive Tackle role.

Anonymous said...

Zach Evans is going to have a lot of interest so he will get paid pretty well.