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Los Angeles Chargers Sign Tony Jefferson


The Los Angeles Chargers today signed safety Tony Jefferson.

Jefferson has been a productive defender throughout his career, starting 67-of-113 career regular-season contests with the Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers and Giants. He's totaled 468 tackles (351 solo), 9.5 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 24 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and four recoveries. In his first season with Baltimore in 2017, Jefferson started all 16 contests, setting a career high with 2.5 sacks while adding 79 tackles and picking off a pass. A year later, he set a career high with six pass breakups in 14 starts. He has appeared in six career postseason contests, making four starts and recording 38 tackles (22 solo), three tackles for loss and a pair of passes defensed.

A native of Chula Vista, Calif., Jefferson played three season at the University of Oklahoma, where he burst onto the scene in 2010 and was named a Sporting News Freshman All-American along with Big 12 co-Defensive Freshman of the Year. He appeared in 40 games for the Sooners in three seasons (2010-12), posting 258 tackles (180 solo), eight interceptions, 13 pass breakups, seven sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery. Jefferson helped Oklahoma go 12-2 as a freshman, ending the season as Fiesta Bowl champions.

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