Since the Ravens offseason began, many expected this news to come forward. Now, it is official as the Baltimore Ravens have announced they’rereleasing S Tony Jefferson.
We have released safety Tony Jefferson.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 14, 2020
Thank you for everything, @_tonyjefferson.
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“This is the worst part of this business.”— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 14, 2020
Statements from General Manager Eric DeCosta and Head Coach John Harbaugh regarding the release of safety Tony Jefferson. pic.twitter.com/SoDF6HXepJ
I mentioned this earlier in February after Jefferson posted an Instagram with the caption, “I ain’t trynna split the profit it’s either all or nothin.”
This expectation was exasperated by the recent contract extension to S Chuck Clark.
“It will be interesting to see if Clark’s new contract has any implications on the future of Tony Jefferson in Baltimore, whose recent instagram post suggests he won’t take a paycut to stay with the Ravens,” Baltimore Beatdown’s Frank J. Platko said in the article above.
While Jefferson has played decent football, Clark is clearly the piece moving forward from many angles, including his youth, better play and, most importantly, his cap hit.
By cutting Jefferson, the Ravens will save $7 million of their $11.65 million cap hit in 2020.
Jefferson was a great locker room leader for the team during his tenure with the Ravens. He joined the team by taking less money from the Cleveland Browns and rubbed it in their fans’ faces on Twitter. I’m not sure there’s a better way to start your Ravens career prior to a snap in-season.