The Baltimore Ravens have been, shockingly, one of the busiest teams this NFL offseason. The team was very active early in free agency, signing Danny Woodhead and Brandon Carr. They also snagged wide receiver Jeremy Maclin last month. This offseason has been rare for the Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and they have made it clear that their intention is to compete for a Super Bowl in 2017.
One of their biggest prize free agent acquisitions, maybe the biggest, was signing safety Tony Jefferson away from the Arizona Cardinals. Jefferson decided to sign with Baltimore instead of inking a Cleveland Browns deal that included more money, because Jefferson wanted the best chance to win. Since then, Jefferson has quickly become many fans favorite Raven, even without taking the field yet for a regular season game. Jefferson has already added a level of excitement to the Ravens secondary. Teaming up with Eric Weddle should be something fun to watch.
Earlier this week, Jefferson went on NFL Total Access and discussed how he made his decision to join Baltimore and the scheme of a Dean Pees defense. Jefferson stated:
"I had to personally go on NFL Game Pass and watch tape and film before I made a decision. I felt like this defense fits me. I feel like this style fits me."
"I really get pumped up and excited when I talk about the scheme that I've seen so far through OTA's and mini-camp. I feel like I'm going to be able to make a bunch of plays in this defense."
Jefferson also talked about liking the organization as a whole from head coach John Harbaugh to general manager Ozzie Newsome. The new safety then discussed his tag team partner for 2017. Jefferson called Weddle a "smart and great football player." He also said that Weddle will make him a better player this upcoming season.
At only 25-years old, the Ravens were able to get a talented football player that hasn't really hit his prime yet. Jefferson is certainly off to a good start, but the Ravens and their fans hope he blossoms into the player he truly can become, and help lead a secondary that has been the teams biggest problem for a long time now. Ozzie Newsome, with Tony Jefferson in the fold, has made it clear that those days should be over.