New Winnipeg Blue Bomber Willie Jefferson ready for ‘new beginning’

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers introduced their prized free agent signing Friday, after prying Willie Jefferson away from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.“I just feel like it was time for a new beginning,” Jefferson said.It’ll be a new beginning for both Jefferson and the Bombers soon-to-be revamped defence.Global NewsHelp us improve Globalnews.caGlobal NewsTake the survey now!Story continues below

The 28-year-old was one of the top defensive players in the league last season and was one of the most sought after defenders in free agency. According to Jefferson, pretty much every team made a push to get him.“Me being an all-star the last two years, doing the things I’ve been doing the last two years, a couple teams really [were] hot on my line,” Jefferson said.“Winnipeg being one of them, Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Montreal.”READ MORE: Blue Bombers lose 4 starters, gain defensive end on first day of free agencyLast season, Jefferson sacked Matt Nichols three times and intercepted him for a touchdown. So it shouldn’t be a big surprise that Nichols, who was his former teammate with the Eskimos, was one of a number of players who gave him a ring.“Matt was on my phone heavy,” he said. “They got in contact with me and just pretty much want me over there. It was pretty much like the whole recruiting process again in college.”“Time for us to come together and do something special.”WATCH: Raw Willie Jefferson Interview