Ravens Cut Deep Veteran Tony Jefferson

Feb 14, 2020

Jamison Hensley

CloseJamison Hensley joined ESPN.com in 2011 after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for 11 years.


The Baltimore Ravens severed ties with deep veteran Tony Jefferson this Friday, cutting him off after his 2019 season ended early for a previous cruciate ligament tear.

The Ravens saved $ 7 million under the salary cap with the movement.

Tony Jefferson never met the expectations of the Baltimore Ravens. AP Photo

Jefferson, 28, received 19 million guaranteed with his four-year agreement with the Ravens in 2017, but never lived up to being an expensive acquisition in free agency. He was unable to make impact plays consistently, totaling two interceptions, two forced loose balls and 11 passes defended in 35 games.

Jefferson’s game was sealed last season. After the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee was broken in Week 5, the Ravens defense played best when Chuck Clark, recruited in the sixth round of the 2017 draft, replaced them.

Although he disappointed in the field, Jefferson was one of the most respected players on the team due to his work ethic and intelligence in American football.

After not being selected in the 2013 draw, Jefferson spent his first four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. In seven seasons, Jefferson has registered 450 tackles, four interceptions and 22 passes defended.

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Also this Friday, the NFL suspended Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst for the first four games of 2020 for violating his substance abuse policies. Hurst is eligible to participate in all pre-season practices and matches. You will be allowed to return to the active team roster on Monday after the team’s fourth game.

Signed as a rookie free agent in 2014, Hurst played in the 16 regular season games for the Ravens last season with two starts as left tackle. It was part of an offensive line that opened the way for the ground attack that accumulated 3,296 land yards – an NFL record – in 2019.

Hurst, 28, signed a four-year contract in March 2019. No match was lost in his first four seasons before being inactive in six games of 2018 due to a back injury.

The Ravens signed former Cincinnati Bengals draft first-round draftsman Andre Smith last month to add depth to the left tackle position.