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Tony Jefferson | Defensive Back | #22

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 212
College: Oklahoma
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Cardinals placed S Tony Jefferson on injured reserve with a sprained MCL, ending his season.
Jefferson has a "grade two" sprain, but should be ready for the offseason program. CBS puts his recovery at 4-6 weeks. Playing on an "original-pick" tender as a restricted free agent, Jefferson is headed back to free agency. The 24 year old played 930 excellent snaps this season. An unrealistic candidate for the franchise tag, he could have a nice market. Tue, Dec 27, 2016 02:24:00 PM

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Restricted free agent S Tony Jefferson said he is likely staying with the Cardinals.

Arizona offered Jefferson an original-round tender, meaning it would cost no draft compensation for another team to acquire him via an offer sheet. He has yet to see significant interest, however, and is likely best suited playing out his one-year tender before hitting the open market in 2017. With Rashad Johnson gone to Nashville and Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) questionable at best for Week 1, Jefferson is on track to play heavy snaps.
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 10:47:00 AM

The Cardinals extended an original pick tender to restricted free agent S Tony Jefferson.

It's the lowest possible tender, setting Jefferson's 2016 salary at $1.67 million. That assumes a safety-needy NFL team won't pursue signing Jefferson to an offer sheet. If that happens and the Cardinals fail to match, Steve Keim's club would get nothing in return. Jefferson is toward the top of this year's restricted free agent market. Arizona's oft-used third safety last season, Jefferson notched 78 tackles, two sacks, three picks, and two forced fumbles. He's a 24-year-old playmaker.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 06:21:00 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss expects S Tony Jefferson to have a reduced role this season.

Jefferson made eight starts and played 746 snaps last year. With Tyrann Mathieu healthy, Jefferson should back up Rashad Johnson. Deone Bucannon will play in sub packages when Mathieu moves to the slot.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, May 30, 2015 09:12:00 PM

Cardinals SS Tony Jefferson (concussion) has been cleared for Week 9.

Jefferson has started three of the Cardinals' past four games, and should make it 4-of-5 against the Cowboys.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 07:38:00 PM

Cardinals SS Tony Jefferson is in the league's concussion protocol.

Jefferson has started five games this season, including three of the past four. Tyrann Mathieu should see the biggest increase in snaps in Jefferson's absence.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 03:20:00 PM

Tony Jefferson is a candidate for the Cardinals' strong safety job.

Jefferson appeared in all 16 games as an undrafted rookie last season, making two starts and recording 24 tackles. The strong safety job could come down to Jefferson, incumbent Rashad Johnson, and a draft pick. Jefferson could also see time at free safety if Tyrann Mathieu (knee) isn't ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 09:04:00 PM

Cardinals signed Oklahoma S Tony Jefferson.

Jefferson (5-foot-10 3/4, 213) made 34 career starts at free safety, compiling eight interceptions, 18 tackles for loss, and seven sacks. Most troublesome during the pre-draft process was his 4.75 forty time, which isn't going to cut it for an NFL safety. Jefferson will look to buck the trend of unsuccessful Oklahoma defensive backs. A dozen Sooners DBs have been drafted since Roy Williams in '02, and the closest to a "hit" was Brodney Pool. Beat writer Kent Somers believes Jefferson has a "real shot" to make the Cardinals.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 08:39:00 PM

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