Here are statements from the Ravens regarding the move:
“This is the worst part of this business.”
Statements from General Manager Eric DeCosta and Head Coach John Harbaugh regarding the release of safety Tony Jefferson. pic.twitter.com/SoDF6HXepJ
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 14, 2020
All indications have been that Jefferson was likely to be released this offseason, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Jefferson is working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered last year.
Jefferson, 28, originally signed on with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma back in 2013. He played out his rookie contract in Arizona before signing a four-year, $34 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed with the Ravens in 2017.
Jefferson was set to make a base salary of $7 million for the 2020 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Jefferson will free up $7 million of available cap space while creating $4,657,479 in dead money.
In 2019, Jefferson appeared in five games for the Ravens and recorded 21 tackles, no interceptions and three pass defenses.