Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters’ assault on his lengthy pending free-agent list continued on Sunday with the extension of Canadian linebacker Jesse Briggs.
Briggs and the back-to-back Grey Cup champs agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension. The 31-year-old was set to become a free agent next month.
The McGill university product returns to the Bombers for his seventh season after being drafted in the second round by the club in the 2014 CFL Draft.
He has dressed for 104 regular-season games, second only to defensive lineman Jake Thomas’ 150, with the latter re-signing last week as the longest-serving member of the organization.
Briggs put up his best season statistically during the 2021 season, piling up 24 tackles and five more on special teams as part of a defensive rotation at the linebacker position. Briggs had a memorable game during an August meeting with the Toronto Argonauts, where he forced a fumble and returned another for 83 yards to the house — the first major of his career.
In his career, Briggs has made 44 tackles and 62 special teams tackles.
He joins a growing list of veteran players to re-sign, including the aforementioned Thomas along with defensive linemen Willie Jefferson and Jackson Jeffcoat, plus offensive linemen Jermarcus Hardrick and Pat Neufeld and special teams dynamo Mike Miller.
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