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Ex-Ravens Safety Tony Jefferson is trying to make a comeback

It appears the Baltimore Ravens are losing another member of their scouting department as one of their scouting interns leaves the team. However, it is not for the sake of joining another coaching staff, but for safety. Tony Jefferson is trying to make a comeback as a player in the NFL.

NFL insider Jordan Schultz posted on Tuesday, May 28: “Source: former #Raven star safety Tony Jefferson is coming out of retirement and plans to play next season.”

Safety itself confirmed the news a few hours after Schultz’s post on X, in which he wrote, “We’ll be right back. Called in (clock emoji).”

Jefferson hasn’t played since 2022, when he was with the New York Giants and appeared in nine games.

Schultz also said: “Jeferson has stayed in shape, trained and wants to play again. He plans to start talking to teams in the near future after spending last season as a scouting intern with Baltimore.”

The safety turned 32 earlier this year and will be rusty for another two years if he is able to join another team.

Frank Platko of SB Nations’ Baltimore Beatdown wrote: “Jefferson, 32, previously announced his retirement last March. Two months later, the Ravens brought Jefferson onto their staff as a summer scouting intern.”


Tony Jefferson formed a strong duo for Ravens at Safety

Jefferson went undrafted in 2013 and ultimately developed a strong career during his time in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals took a chance on the safety after he went undrafted and was a key contributor to their defense during his four-year stint.

In those four years, he started 31 games and played in 63 of them and had 277 combined tackles, including a career-high of 96 in 2016. The safety increased his playing time each season, with the Cardinals culminating in 92% of the defensive snaps in his last season. with Arizona.

Platko wrote: “The Ravens originally signed Jefferson to a lucrative contract in 2017 after four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.” He signed a four-year, $34 million contract with the Ravens after his strong 2016 season.

“Jefferson joined the team as a full-time starter alongside Eric Weddle in the secondary,” Platko explained.

In 2017, he was a 16-game starter and had 79 combined tackles, 1 interception, 2.5 sacks and 2 pass defenses. Additionally, he played in 99% of the snaps on defense.

In his three seasons with Baltimore, he played at least 94% of the footage of the games he played in. Platko wrote: “He started 35 games in three seasons for the Ravens, but his 2019 campaign was cut short after suffering a season. -end injury in week 5.”

Jefferson did not play during the 2020 season before joining the San Francisco 49ers. Platko explains that Jefferson “was cut by them after only two performances.”

Jefferson would rejoin the Ravens after being released for his second stint with Baltimore, and it was essential. “Amid a slew of injuries in the defensive backfield, Jefferson played some valuable moments for the Ravens on both defense and special teams,” Platko wrote.


Ravens hunting safety help, so maybe Tony Jefferson

The Ravens may be one of the teams looking to land Jefferson as he is familiar with their system and their sneaky need for the position.

Platko explained: “After losing Geno Stone in free agency, the team lacks established depth behind starters Marcus Williams and Kyle Hamilton.”

The team is currently connected to a number of free agents. Former Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons was recently floated as a possible option to bolster the depth.

Platko wrote: “The Ravens received Jamal Adams for a free agent visit last week and will likely continue to explore the pool of available veterans in the coming weeks.”

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