2018 season is make-or-break for Ravens’ Tony Jefferson

  • both players had rather disappointing 2017 campaigns.,adidas Radim Vrbata jersey,The Baltimore Ravens made a ‘splash’ during free agency last year when they signed Jeremy Maclin and Tony Jefferson. Unfortunately

    Maclin signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with the Ravens.,adidas Bobby Orr jersey,It is anticipated that Baltimore will part ways with Maclin as it would result in a $5 million cap savings. Remember

    As for Jefferson, it is not as simple as that. He signed a four-year deal worth $34 million. The Ravens can’t cut Jefferson this offseason because they would actually lose money,Authentic Patrice Bergeron jersey, according to SpoTrac. Jefferson will be in Baltimore for at least the 2018 season,Authentic Tuukka Rask jersey, if not longer.

    the Ravens would save $5,It is worth noting,Authentic Brad Marchand jersey,010,adidas Jack Eichel jersey,980,000 and only have $5, there is an option in his contract for the 2019 season. If he were to be released before June 1 (declining the option),000 in dead cap for the 2019 season. If he were to be cut after June 1, the dead cap would be split over the course of the 2019 and 2020 seasons while the cap savings would be $8 million.

    Based on his contract, the 2018 season is a prove-it, make-or-break type year for Jefferson. Many expected the Eric Weddle-Tony Jefferson duo to be one of the best safety tandems in the league heading into last season. However, that was far from the case. Weddle and Jefferson looked to be on different pages throughout the course of the season.

    Not to mention,Authentic Radim Vrbata jersey, Jefferson struggled in coverage,Authentic Bobby Orr jersey,Authentic Zdeno Chara jersey, particularly when matched up with opposing tight ends. Interestingly enough, Pro Football Focus gave Jefferson and Weddle both an overall grade of 82.4. They both were tied for 25th on Pro Football Focus’ grading.

    especially early in the season,adidas Zdeno Chara jersey,Jefferson struggled,adidas Patrice Bergeron jersey, with finishing his tackles. According to Pro Football Focus,adidas Tuukka Rask jersey, Jefferson missed 11 total tackles during the 2017 season. He finished the 2017 season with 79 combined tackles,adidas Brad Marchand jersey, 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups and one interception.

    One of Jefferson’s worst games in Baltimore may have been in the week 14 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this game,Authentic Jack Eichel jersey,Authentic Kyle Okposo jersey, Jefferson was beat by Pittsburgh’s fullback,adidas Kyle Okposo jersey, for a one-yard touchdown reception. In addition, Roosevelt Nix, Jefferson could not stop Le’Veon Bell from scoring on the goal line.

    As mentioned previously, it was not all bad for Jefferson during the 2017 season. He had solid plays like his clutch interception against the Texans on Monday Night Football. Not to mention, his sack against the Oakland Raiders.

    Yes, Jefferson’s play improved as the season progressed, but with the larger cap-hits for his contract coming over the next few years, he will have to prove he is worth the money.