The Ravens entered the offseason with a desperate need of improvement in the defensive secondary.
On Wednesday night, it appears that the organization found the fix and in big and cheap way.
Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson is expected to sign a deal with the Ravens, according to Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini.
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Jefferson, a undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 2013, made an impression early in his career, and became one of the linchpins to the Cardinals' stellar defensive backfield.
Jefferson may not be spectacular addition, but he is a sturdy, reliable safety who played over 900 snaps in 2015, finishing the season as the No. 18 ranked safety according to Pro Football Focus.
He entered the 2016 season as a full-time starter and recorded two fumble recoveries and two sacks before suffering a MCL sprain in Week 16.
With Jefferson expected to join he team and play alongside veteran Eric Weddle, the Ravens should enter the 2017 season with one of the best safety tandems in the NFL.
Jefferson was one of the most sought after free agents on the market, garnering intrigue from the Jets, Browns and a host of other teams.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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