Last year, the Baltimore Ravens needed help in the secondary, and especially at the cornerback position. They addressed this need on draft day and shortly after in the second half of free agency when they selected Tavon Young and signed veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers. Powers had previously played for the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals for the first seven years of his career.
Powers did a good job for Baltimore overall as he applied a veteran presence in both coverage and tackling. Powers recorded 33 tackles, one sack, five passes defensed, and two interceptions. Powers was effective stepping in as a starter and added great depth.
Powers remained unsigned and there still was a shot of him coming back to add to a secondary that looks really good. However, Powers announced on Instagram that he is calling it a career:
With the 2017 season getting started and teams are preparing to be the best they can be, I think it's time for me to walk away from the game. The last 8 years have been a joy and wonderful ride. Even though I can still compete and play at a high level, mentally, I'm ready for the next chapter of my life. Will most certainly miss the locker room talk and conversations, the relationships with the trainers, managers and equipment staff. Will miss the going to battle with the guys on Sunday and feeling the joy or sadness of a victory or a loss. The game of football changed my life forever and happy to forever be apart of the greatest fraternity in the world. Football has been a part of my life since the age of 6 and it's been great. Thanks to the Colts for taking a chance on me out of Auburn and being a great organization to be apart of. Thanks to the Cardinals for bringing me in for 3 years to help turn a organization back to its winning ways. Thanks to the Ravens for accepting me and letting me be apart of a great football culture and great organization. Thanks to the fans, you guys make the game GREAT. Thanks to my family for being supportive and loving me through it all. Looking forward to setting new goals with my wife and 2 sons and proving the naysayers wrong again. ✊ ✌
Powers mentions that he feels he can still play physically but he is ready to move on to the next chapter in his life. Powers definitely would've found another job for 2017, and he might have even made his way back to Baltimore. After being drafted by the Colts in 3rd round of the 2009 draft, Powers will finish his career at the age of 29 with 345 total tackles, three sacks, and 13 interceptions.