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Wheeler’s replies were also filled with everything from loving hearts to racist garbage, but he didn’t bother wading into the muck.

Can’t say I blame him.


Saw an online report Friday that suggested Canadian football’s top defensive player in 2019 was considering opting out of his contract to try the NFL.

That player would be Blue Bombers sack-master Willie Jefferson.

I spoke with Jefferson about that very topic, among many others, on Wednesday, and while he’s open to another crack at the NFL, it’s a long shot.

“I’ve honestly thought about it,” Jefferson began. “I’m not in a situation where I need to opt out of my contract. I’m happy with being in Winnipeg. But with the season being cancelled, if I’m able to get an opportunity to play in the NFL, something that’s for sure, I wouldn’t mind going back to the NFL.

“But if nothing transpires, I’m mentally locked in and ready for 2021.”

At 29, strong NFL interest in Jefferson is likely in the rear-view mirror.

He’d look at something that’s “for sure,” but significant guarantees aren’t the norm for CFL players who head south.

Jefferson signed a two-year extension after the Bombers took home the 2019 Grey Cup, so he’s under contract for one more season.

Assuming there is a season in 2021.


Most of my conversation with Jefferson was about the NBA shutdown, which was breaking news when we spoke.

He and his wife, Holly, had also just taken his mother into their home in Austin, Texas. She’d been forced to flee the family home in Beaumont due to Hurricane Laura.

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