The Ravens' newly signed Safety Tony Jefferson had some interesting criteria when it came to choosing which team he would sign with during free agency.
The 25-year-old former Cardinals defensive back was a hot prospect on the market this off season. He signed a four-year deal worth $34 million with $19 million guaranteed on the first day of free agency. He had an offer from the Browns for more money but told NFL Network that he didn’t take the offer simply because “ I don’t play football for money.”
Other important criteria when it came to picking a team? What uniform looked best on Jefferson, and to see which one looked best on him he used Madden. He told NFL Media:
“I am a guy of swagger, so I gotta check the swag at all points before I make a decision. I put myself in different uniforms on Madden to see what will look better. Ravens did look good, though.”
His favorite uniform combination of the Ravens? Black on black.
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Jefferson mentioned to NFL Media that fellow Ravens Safety Eric Weddle reached out and sold him on signing with the team. The demeanor of head coach John Harbaugh and how the Ravens run their front office also helped him make his decision.
“ [Ravens coach John Harbaugh is an] exciting dude. He talks to his players, and Eric was telling me that the coaching staff and front office guys aren't like other front offices. They actually enjoy being with their players and talking to them and let you be who you are. Just stay in the confines of the organization and don't draw any negative attention.”
The Ravens finally addressed their void at the wide receiver position Thursday night, selecting Oklahoma's Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown with the 25th pick, after moving back three selections following a trade with Philadelphia.
After a stellar year as the top receiving option for Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, Brown was pegged by many as the top wideout in this year’s draft. Now, Brown will be catching passes from another Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens acquired the 25th selection (Brown) as well as the 127th pick (4th round) and 197th (sixth round) in the swap with Philadelphia, who selected Washington State tackle Andre Dillard at No. 22.
To say that the draft choice was well-received in Charm City would be an understatement.
Brown, the cousin of Raiders' receiver Antonio Brown, was one of just two deep threats selected in the first round of this year's draft.
For a Baltimore squad lacking depth outside, Brown will fit in quite nicely. In 13 contests for the Sooners in 2018, Hollywood reeled in 75 receptions for 1318 receiving yards and ten scores.
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The NFL Draft is highly anticipated among hundreds of NFL hopefuls anxiously waiting to hear their names called. This year, in particular, the 2019 NFL Draft will be extra special for 13-year-old Baltimore Ravens super fan Mo Gaba.
Gaba, who is blind, will be the first person in history to announce an NFL draft pick off of a card written in Braille. On Saturday, the 13-year-old will call out the Ravens’ fourth-round pick and No.123 overall.
Gaba lost his sight when he was nine months old and is battling cancer for the third time.
On Wednesday, while Gaba was calling a local radio show 98 Rock, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh dialed in on the call and surprised Gaba with an invitation to announce the pick.
“What? Really? I’ve never done that before,” Gaba said with a big smile on his face. “I would like to do that yeah.”
Harbaugh also told the 13-year-old that the Ravens will send a car to pick him and his mother up and that they’d be sure to grant him with red-carpet treatment.
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