It seems as though a trend is starting. Moments after the announcement of veteran Josh Norman’s release from the Washington Redskins, another is following suit. The Baltimore Ravens will part ways with veteran safety Tony Jefferson. By doing so, the Ravens are making free almost $12 million of cap space.
Sources: The #Ravens are releasing S Tony Jefferson, a starter for the last three seasons. He had a cap hit of almost $12M, and this saves the majority of it.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2020
This news serves as a major disappointment to those who are a part of the Ravens Flock. Tony was an integral part of perhaps the best secondary in the AFC, if not the NFL. Jefferson is clearly one of the top at his position despite suffering a season ending ACL injury in 2019. Before stepping away after 5 games, he contributed 21 tackles. In the previous 2 seasons with Baltimore, he supplied 153 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions. His best season to date was in 2015 when he totaled 96 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries while with the Arizona Cardinals.
My guess is, he won’t be on the market for very long. Tony Jefferson is about as stellar and consistent as they come. He will be an instant upgrade to any defense. It will be interesting to see what the asking price will be for his services. However, he’s got the resume to back what he wants. Plus, he’s only 28-years old. Jefferson still has a lot of career left ahead of him.
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