The Ravens are releasing Jefferson, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. The writing was on the wall Monday when fellow Ravens safety Chuck Clark signed a three-year extension. It was Clark who joined the starting lineup after Jefferson suffered a torn ACL in October, stepping in alongside Earl Thomas at safety. The 28-year-old Jefferson is free to sign with a new team immediately, but he may have trouble generating interest this early in the ACL rehab process. He had five consecutive seasons with 74 or more tackles prior to 2019, earning a reputation as one of the better run-stopping safeties in the NFL. Jefferson also does a nice job defending passes to the flat, while he struggles with deep coverage and one-on-one situations.
Jefferson (knee) is expected to be a cap casualty for the Ravens this offseason, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Jefferson is entering the fourth and final season of a four-year, $34 million contract, with a non-guaranteed $7 million base salary. He was one of the leaders of the Baltimore defense in 2017 and 2018, but he struggled in 2019 even before he suffered a torn ACL in Week 5. Jefferson's injury turned the starting job over to Chuck Clark, who took full advantage of the opportunity and then signed a three-year contract extension Monday. The only realistic way for Jefferson to stay in Baltimore would involve a pay cut and a willingness to handle a part-time role -- tough pills to swallow for a 28-year-old who had 74 or more tackles in five consecutive seasons from 2014-18.
The Ravens placed Jefferson (knee) on injured reserve Monday. Jefferson suffered a season-ending torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Steelers. It's also possible the 27-year-old sustained additional knee damage beyond the ACL. Going forward, Anthony Levine and Chuck Clark both stand to play larger roles in Baltimore's secondary. The Ravens are also a candidate to add depth at the safety position in the near future.
Jefferson suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's win over the Steelers and is out for the season, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports. This is a major loss for the Ravens' secondary, as Jefferson played nearly every defensive snap this season before his injury. Coach John Harbaugh expressed concern that there may be additional damage beyond the ACL, so the team will run additional tests to confirm the extent of the injury. Both Anthony Levine and Chuck Clark figure to see increases in workload if the Ravens don't sign a replacement.
Jefferson was forced out of Sunday's game versus the Steelers with a knee injury. Jefferson played every defensive snap over the last three weeks, making 17 tackles. The Ravens are expected to finish the game without him, so Anthony Levine figures to slot in at strong safety.
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