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Report: Cardinals working to re-sign Tony Jefferson

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The Cardinals have said more than once that they will use their franchise tag on linebacker Chandler Jones if they are unable to reach agreement on a long-term deal before March 1, but he isn’t the only impending free agent they’d like to keep on their defense.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals are in “serious negotiations” to re-sign safety Tony Jefferson as well. Jefferson was a full-time starter for the first time in 2016 and recorded 96 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles over 15 games.

Eric Berry ranks at the top of the list of potential free agent safeties this offseason with Jefferson part of the next group of players on track to hit the open market. The chance to see what other teams might offer a 25-year-old with 63 games under his belt might be too much for Jefferson to resist.

There’s no word on whether the Cardinals would tag Jefferson if they can agree on a deal with Jones, but it would make it much likelier that he sticks in Arizona for a fifth season.

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5 Responses to “Report: Cardinals working to re-sign Tony Jefferson”
  1. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 17, 2017 11:57 AM

    I was hoping the Jets would be able to get him…

  2. theauger says: Feb 17, 2017 12:09 PM

    There is zero chance the Cards tag Jefferson. That would mean $15-17 mil for Jones & $11 mil for Jefferson. Which only leaves about $10 mil to resign other players or improve the roster. No more Calais Campbell in that scenario. It’s more likely that if they can’t reach a deal before free agency, they let him test the market & try to match any contract.

    With that being said, outside of P2, he has probably been the best player on that defense over the last two seasons.

  3. theauger says: Feb 17, 2017 12:13 PM

    Also, don’t forget that cards low-balled him last offseason when he was an RFA & Tony wasn’t happy about it. There might be a little animosity left over that causes Jefferson to hit the market before any new contract agreement.

  4. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says: Feb 17, 2017 3:23 PM

    Thought he was flirting with Oakland last week on social media? (JEFFERSON)

  5. osiris33 (bandwagon fan since 2012) says: Feb 17, 2017 4:36 PM

    I would love to see Seattle sign him. He would be a big improvement over the quarterback we have.

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