A few days ago, the Baltimore Ravens were able to reach a deal to re-sign defensive back Lardarius Webb, just a month after releasing him and saving $5.5 million in the salary cap. General manager Ozzie Newsome however, left the door open for a potential reunion with Webb after they announced his release. When Webb re-signed, The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec mentioned on Twitter that he garnered "moderate" interest on the market, but there was nothing that convinced him to sign elsewhere. This set the stage for him coming back and thus adding good depth to a secondary that, on paper, looks the best the Ravens have had since 2011.
With Webb back, that left just a tiny bit of a dilemma. Shortly after his release, new free agent acquisition, and the man who will be replacing Webb as the starting safety opposite Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, was given Webb's old number 21. However, being the cool guy that Jefferson has already proven to be, he promised to give Webb his number back if he did return. Jefferson tweeted out on Monday that he was a man of his word:
Jefferson will now enter the 2017 season wearing the number 23. This is now the second time that number has been switched around this offseason. It was originally worn by Kendrick Lewis, but he was recently cut by the team last month. Tavon Young was then slated to wear that number after the Lewis release, but now that Jefferson officially has it, Young will now wear the number 25. A number that was previously worn by the late Tray Walker.
While social media isn't the end all be all, you can just tell that this secondary with Jefferson, Weddle, Webb, Young, Jimmy Smith, and the newly acquired Brandon Carr are just eager to get out on the field and start growing their chemistry together in an effort to become an elite unit. While you know the players are excited, the coaches and fans must be even more excited to possibly see a secondary that might not blow a lead late in the 4th quarter. As always, staying healthy is the key.