In recent news, veteran strong safety Tony Jefferson has been released by the Baltimore Ravens in order for the team to free up some cap space. Jefferson was due $11 million and some change for this year, but instead, he is a free agent, and the Ravens will have to eat a little over $4 million in dead cap.
Jefferson had sustained a few injuries in the past few seasons that could be seen as troublesome to some, like an ACL tear that had him placed on IR last season. Multiple offseason injuries also can deter would-be suitors; however, he is going to play for a team somewhere, so why not in Tampa, he wants to play for Bruce Arians again anyway.
Jefferson joined the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and played pretty well in Todd Bowles’ system. Between 2013 and 2014 in Bowles’ system, he recorded 103 total tackles with 89 of them solo, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 sack in 32 games starting in 10. After Bowles left the Cardinals in 2014, Jefferson kept the pedal down in Arizona, recording 2 interceptions on for a touchdown, 10 pass defends, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 sacks, and 175 total tackles with 136 of them solo, while playing in multiple positions: safety, free safety, linebacker, and cornerback.
Immediately following his final season in Arizona 2016, he joined with the Ravens, where he started three seasons as a strong safety, playing in 35 games recording 2 interceptions, 11 pass defends, 1 fumble recovered, 174 total tackles with 120 of them solo, and 3.5 sacks.
A Source close to the situation has informed All Things Buccaneers that there is mutual interest between the Buccaneers and Tony Jefferson and for a team, whose fans had screamed for a veteran presence in the secondary, Jefferson fits the bill. Not only is he a journeyman, but he plays well in Bowles’ system, and he loves Bruce Arians. Acquiring Jefferson in the offseason would not come with a huge price tag attached to him, and he would certainly provide the Buccaneers with depth anywhere passed the defensive line.
Tony Jefferson sure has been liking a lot of All Things Buccaneers affiliate Tweets recently:
How would you feel about Tony Jefferson in Tampa Bucs fans? @_tonyjefferson
— Cory (Magic 24-32) (UK 22-5) (FSU 23-4) (@Cory_Hays407) February 13, 2020
Hey, @_tonyjefferson … you tryna slide to Tampa? come play for a young defense and reunite with Todd Bowles
We’d love to have you here 👀
— Ashlie (@EMT_Ashlie) February 13, 2020
If the Ravens are stupid enough to let @_tonyjefferson go, I am praying that BA & Licht make that phone call to try and get him down to the bay to pair with these young Bucs. That 2ndary would be fun to watch.
Am I right @Cory_Hays407
— Neutron (@DCNeutron) February 13, 2020