CFL's Top Defensive Player in 2011 Staying In Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pleased to announce that import cornerback and the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Jovon Johnson has extended his contract with the team. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Johnson is entering his fifth season with the Blue Bombers, coming off a 2011 season which saw him continue to showcase his versatility but not only dominating the league defensively, but also was finishing as the Bombers’ primary punt returner. His 594 punt return yards moved him up to fourth place on the Blue Bombers’ all-time list. He was named a CFL All-Star for the second time in his career and an East Division All-Star for the third straight season. In 2011, Johnson returned two of his league-leading eight interceptions for touchdowns, giving him six interception majors for his career which currently ranks him third in CFL history.
"I’m very excited to remain a Bomber beyond next season,” said Johnson. "This organization gave me an opportunity in 2008 and I am very grateful for that. We were so close to achieving our ultimate goal last season and I think this year we are in a great position to move to the next level.”
"Clearly, Jovon Johnson is one of the marquee players in this league and we are thrilled to lock him down for the foreseeable future,” said Vice-President and General Manager Joe Mack. "His versatility to play special teams in addition to his regular role on defence makes him an even greater asset for us. We are looking for him to take an larger leadership role this season and are confident he is in a position to do so.”