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Report: Ravens To Release Starting Safety Tony Jefferson

Ravens safety Tony Jefferson celebrates play.

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Strong Safety Tony Jefferson #23 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tony Jefferson has been a major part of the Baltimore Ravens since 2017. The safety has started all 35 games he played for the franchise, since coming over from the Arizona Cardinals.

Unfortunately, it looks like his time with the AFC power has come to a close. Jefferson's season was ended after just five games in 2019. During the team's early October win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he went down while in coverage. John Harbaugh later confirmed that he had torn his ACL during the game.

Jefferson wound up with 21 total tackles in five games last season. He recorded three passes defended on the year. Baltimore would handle his absence pretty well, going 14-2 in the regular season, and finishing in first place in the AFC. The team was stunned by the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs.

Now, Tony Jefferson is set to be released. This afternoon, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that the team will move on from him after three seasons. He was set to take up $12 million of the Ravens' cap space, which is the major impetus of the move. The move should save the Ravens $7 million, per Over The Cap.

Tony Jefferson went undrafted out of Oklahoma in the 2013 NFL Draft. He latched on with the Arizona Cardinals, and became a valuable defensive player for the NFC West club. He's played in 98 games over the last seven seasons, starting 66. In that time, he's racked up 451 total tackles, 8.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four recoveries, and four interceptions. Assuming he's recovered well from the torn ACL, he shouldn't have trouble finding a new team in 2020. [

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

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