One can likely assume that Tony Jefferson’s future as a Cleveland Brown is unlikely.
After their second-round draft pick, Grant Delpit suffered a season-ending Achillie rupture on Monday, the Browns are weighing their options at safety.
Over the course of a seven-year career, Jefferson has played for the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens; however, Jefferson was released in Week 5.
The move saved the Ravens more than $7 million.
Despite having nothing but good things to say about Jefferson, the free-agent safety took to social media to bash his former divisional opponent.
Here’s what happened when a fan mentioned the possibility of Jefferson signing with the Browns and he replied.
I would never do that shit . Cmon now lol
— Tony Jefferson II (@_tonyjefferson) August 25, 2020
Jefferson reiterated that on CBS Access with Jason La Canfora and Ken Weinman.
In his comments, Jefferson said he can only see himself playing for the Ravens.
Despite being released, Jefferson’s rapport with the Ravens never diminished, and it was evident in the comments made by GM Eric DeCosta.
“This is the worst part of this business,” DeCosta said at the time. “Tony is the consummate teammate and someone who is respected by everyone for his leadership, determination, humility and toughness. He’s a friend to all and a true Raven. We know he’s going to beat this injury, and we will be cheering for him all along the way. We wish the very best to Tony and his family.”
The answer to Delpit’s replacement will be ongoing.
Defensive coordinator Joe Woods spoke about the issue for the first time on Tuesday in a conference call with reporters.
It was very disappointing,” said Woods. “It was just kind of a freak deal, just going through and catching the football. For all the guys, it’s really an opportunity for them. Obviously, you want everyone healthy, but you have to move on.”
The injury was unfortunate because it looked like Delpit was making a run at becoming the team’s starter.
#Browns DC Joe Woods said S Grant Delpit’s versatility was perfect for dime package he likes to run. Still wants to use it with 3 safeties but needs to evaluate group further.
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) August 25, 2020
The Browns as a whole have an issue with their secondary as injuries continue to pile up.
Browns’ secondary injuries to monitor:
▪️S Grant Delpit (Achilles), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder) and CB M.J. Stewart (hamstring) all left practice early today
▪️CB Terrance Mitchell (knee), CB Kevin Johnson (lacerated liver) and S Karl Joseph (foot) did not practice
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 24, 2020
The former Seattle Seahawk and Ravens safety was released on Monday.
The Browns have plenty of cap space, which was a prime factor in the team making the odds list for his services.
Which team will Earl Thomas sign with? Here are the odds, according to @SportsLine:
🏈 Cowboys +150
🏈 49ers +300
🏈 Patriots +500
🏈 Eagles +700
🏈 Browns +800
🏈 Texans +1,000
— Mark Bergin (@mdbergin) August 25, 2020