Tony Jefferson is retiring from the NFL, nonetheless the previous Ravens safety isn’t leaving soccer.
The 31-year-old is returning to Baltimore as a scout this summer season, the Ravens launched Thursday. He’ll doubtless be turning into a member of the workforce as part of the Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship.
The fellowship, established by the NFL in 2015 and named after former executives John Wooten and the late Invoice Nunn, offers former avid gamers fascinated about a occupation in expert scouting hands-on experience as full-time members of an NFL scouting staff all through a season-long internship.
Jefferson has prolonged talked about wanting to be an NFL widespread supervisor and may take that subsequent step as actually one among 21 current or former avid gamers participating throughout the tenth annual Senior Bowl scout college June 4-7 in Cell, Alabama, in step with senior director Jim Nagy.
“Scouting is one thing I actually like doing,” Jefferson acknowledged on the Ravens’ “Studio 44″ podcast final 12 months. “I see myself scouting even after I’m teaching my son’s [youth] group.”
Jefferson, an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma who signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013, spent 9 seasons throughout the NFL. Three of those have been with the Ravens, from 2017 to 2019, after Baltimore signed him to a four-year, $34 million deal to change sturdy safety Lardarius Webb.
However Jefferson suffered a torn ACL in direction of the Pittsburgh Steelers in October 2019 and the Ravens launched him after the season. After spending 2020 out of soccer, he signed a one-year handle the San Francisco 49ers nonetheless carried out in merely two video video games sooner than being launched.
All the time a most well-liked and revered participant contained in the Ravens’ group, Jefferson returned as a member of the observe squad in December 2021 sooner than being promoted to the energetic roster the subsequent month. He appeared in 4 video video games and re-signed that February.
“I’m actually happy with Tony,” defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald acknowledged ultimate offseason. “He’s had an unbelievable story.”
However with the Ravens having signed Marcus Williams in free firm and drafted Kyle Hamilton throughout the first spherical, Jefferson turned the odd man out and was launched ultimate August.
He then signed with the New York Giants and carried out 9 video video games, along with one start, nonetheless as quickly as as soon as extra battled accidents. As free firm approached in March, he knowledgeable teams he was transitioning from safety to linebacker sooner than in the end deciding to retire.
For his occupation, Jefferson carried out in 113 video video games (67 begins) and recorded 492 tackles, 4 interceptions, eight pressured fumbles and 9 1/2 sacks.
Jefferson is the second former Ravens safety to hitch the workforce’s entrance office after Anthony Levine Sr. retired ultimate offseason and have grow to be a participant personnel assistant.