Ravens Announced That They Have Terminated Safety Tony Jefferson's Contract

Big Bad Morning Show
February 15, 2020 - 12:41 am

By: Gabrielle DiPaula

BALTIMORE -- The Ravens announced on Friday that they have terminated the contract of safety Tony Jefferson.  Jefferson was due 7 million in 2020 creating some cap space for Baltimore.

The veteran came into the league undrafted with the Arizona Cardinals from 2013-2016.  In 2017, he signed with the Ravens as an unrestricted free agent.  As a Raven Jefferson totaled 174 tackle (120 solo), two interceptions, 3.5 sacks, 11 pass defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 35 games in which he started all in. 

This most wasn't unexpected.  Week 5 Jefferson injured his knee that put him out for the season against the Steelers putting the next man up.  Safety Chuck Clark came in and smoothly helped fix the communication problems with the defense.  Clark wore the green dot for Baltimore from week 6 until the end of the season helping line the defense up.  With the success of the defense, the writing was on the wall for Jefferson.       

"This is the worst part of this business,” general manager Eric DeCosta stated. “Tony is the consummate teammate and someone who is respected by everyone for his leadership, determination, humility and toughness. He’s a friend to all and a true Raven. We know he’s going to beat this injury, and we will be cheering for him all along the way. We wish the very best to Tony and his family.” 

“Tony is a tremendous leader, a true competitor, a team player and a family man,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh added. “His time here has been a blessing. We have the utmost respect for his professionalism and positive contributions to our team and the Baltimore community. We wish he and his family the best going forward.”

The cap space helps the Ravens for the offseason but the his teammates knew what they were losing.

Tony Jefferson thanked the Ravens organization and the fans for his time here.