Several Teams Likely To Pursue S Tony Jefferson

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A number of teams will likely look to sign safety Tony Jefferson.

After three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Jefferson became a casualty of the salary cap last week as the team shredded his 4-year, $34M contract.

"This is the worst part of his business," Ravens' general manager Eric DeCosta said, via NFL.com. "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 his injury and we will be cheering for him all along the way. We wish the very best to Tony and his family."

Jefferson, 28, was due $11.6M this upcoming season, while ultimately the organization saves over $7M it creates $4.1 in dead cap money.

There are a number of teams Jefferson could land in 2020 – one is Philadelphia Eagles. They played a third safety in their nickel package in 36% of defensive snaps, writes Matty Breisch. At a reduced salary,  he could easily be the Eagles' third option at safety.

Cleveland Browns could possibly pursue Jefferson, again, suggested Dan Justik. Browns were among the finalist for his services in 2017 before signing with the Ravens. General Manager Andrew Berry, who was named over the offseason, could add Jefferson to improve a Browns run defense that ranks third-worst.

Jefferson joining Las Vegas Raiders’ quarter defensive scheme has been described as a perfect fit. Expect Jon Gruden, Raiders to pursue Jefferson if he’s healthy by week one writes Austin Boyd.

Although questions may linger about the timetable of Jefferson’s return after suffering a torn ACL, his unquestionable leadership will allow him to choose where he wants to play in 2020.

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