Browns chasing Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson

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The Browns are interested in acquiring Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson and have offered Jefferson more money than any other team has thus far in the open negotiating period, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Jefferson, 25, is expected to be one of the most sought after free agents on the market. He was a full-time starter for the first time last season and recorded two sacks and two fumble recoveries. He’s started 31 of 63 career games.

The report said the Ravens are also interested in Jefferson. They’ve cleared some cap space this week by releasing some veterans, most notably outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

The Cardinals have already invested heavily in their secondary with rich contracts for safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Patrick Peterson and are about to sign pass-rusher Chandler Jones to an extension, so the expected departure of Jefferson comes as a result of a numbers game.

The Browns have plenty of money to spend, and acquiring Jefferson would be a positive early step for a team trying to shake the stink of a 1-15 season in 2016.

13 responses to “Browns chasing Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson

  1. I love TJ & wish the Cards could have found a way to resign him, but I can get behind a 3rd round comp pick. He is great in the box against the run & in coverage against short intermediate routes, but struggles covering down the field when he has to. Still a great SS if used right.

  2. Always feared the player who has a career season in a contract year after being average in prior season’s.

  3. Good to hear. The Browns’ secondary is a mess and a young, talented guy like Jefferson would be one less piece of the puzzle that they need to draft just to fill out their starting line-up (let alone any sort of depth).

  4. He is good. He is really dang good. Plays with a chip on his shoulder ever since coming out of Oklahoma undrafted. I hate to see him go. Hope he gets paid…

  5. So the Browns will refuse to pay their best and most productive player $13 million a year, but they’ll overpay for a safety? I love Tony Jefferson, but he is not the solution. It’s like the Browns are intentionally trying to fail.

  6. A young Safety with a good but limited track record, entering his prime; exactly the type of players analytics covets (see Jamie Collins). Nice approach by the Browns, we’ll see if it works out.

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