Baltimore Ravens Re-Sign Veteran Safety Tony Jefferson to Boost Young and Inexperienced Locker Room

Published 02/25/2022, 6:02 AM EST

The Baltimore Ravens on Thursday announced that they had re-signed the veteran safety, Tony Jefferson. As a result of the signing, this will be his second stint with the Ravens. Jefferson and Ravens separated in 2019 as the veteran incurred an ACL injury, and this deal brings an opportunity for them to reunite.

Ravens’ Director of Social Media, Garrett Downing said, “Quite simply, he showed that he still has gas left in the tank and that he’s fully recovered from that knee injury. It’s been a long journey for him, no question about that, but this is big for him to resign and continue his career right here in Baltimore.”


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Downing added, “He’s playing good football and beyond the football side of it, TJ is just so well-liked in this building he is one of the most respected players in this locker room.”

Tony Jefferson is back with the Baltimore Ravens

Joining in 2017, the 30-year-old safety played three seasons with the Ravens. However, an ACL injury cut short his 2019 campaign, and the Ravens released him. Nonetheless, he again joined the Ravens practice squad in December 2021 and quickly made it to the 53-man active roster.

In the four games that Jefferson played, he recorded a total of 18 tackles. Additionally, he recorded the team’s most tackles (10 tackles) against the Bengals in Week 16. Further, Jefferson played as if he had never left or suffered a nightmare injury. Therefore, the Ravens recognized his contribution and re-signed him.

Jefferson’s journey beyond the Ravens

Jefferson signed a 3-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2013. While his rookie season wasn’t ideal, he made tremendous strides the following seasons. Nevertheless, he served four seasons for the Cardinals and then went to Baltimore in 2017.


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Following a serious knee injury in 2019, the Baltimore Ravens released him. Despite missing one season, he made a comeback with the San Francisco 49ers in 2021. Even so, he only played for two games for the Niners before being released.


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Hence, Jefferson has had an uphill struggle in the league. Subsequently, Jefferson has the toughness the Ravens sought. As a result, they have re-signed him going into the 2022 NFL season. Thus, it will be fascinating to see how the safety performs in his second stint with the Ravens.

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Anubhav is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently majoring in computer science at the University of Delhi, having also previously worked as a content editor for an NGO. Anubhav is a basketball enthusiast and a true Los Angeles Lakers fan.