During the 2013 season, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson was among a trio of players cut by the Texans for breaking team rules at a team hotel, reportedly by smoking pot. After that, Jefferson couldn’t find another NFL team willing to give him a shot.
But after two years in the Canadian Football League, Jefferson is back in the NFL, as Washington signed Jefferson to a contract today.
Jefferson played well over the last two years, recording 10 sacks for the Edmonton Eskimos. He’s a talented pass rusher and probably has a better chance of making Washington’s 53-man roster than most players picked up at this time of year.
At least he does if he can stay out of trouble. Jefferson was arrested for marijuana possession during his time at Baylor after he was found passed out in the driver’s seat of his car at a Taco Bell drive-through. His Baylor teammate Josh Gordon was a passenger in his car and was arrested with him. Jefferson was later kicked off the team at Baylor.
Perhaps two years of exile in the CFL was enough to give Jefferson a wake-up call. If so, Washington may benefit with a talented young pass rusher on the roster.