After losing out on Eric Weddle in free agency, the Raiders must move on as they continue their search to fill the safety void left by Charles Woodson's departure. Arguably the best option out there could be Tony Jefferson. It's an option the Raiders are exploring according to Ed Borsilli of Sirius XM radio.
Source: Raiders have had discussions with FA S Tony Jefferson, along with a few unspecified teams.— Eddie Borsilli (@Borsilli) March 14, 2016
A restricted free agent, Jefferson received a original round tender from the Cardinals. That gives the Cardinals the right to match any offer given to him, but should they not match it, they would receive no compensation as Jefferson was undrafted.
The 5-11, 213-pound safety started seven games last season for the Cardinals, collecting 74 tackles. The previous season he started 8 games at strong safety and had 84 tackles (72 solo) for one of the best defenses in the NFL.
He was also major contributor in the team's playoff run to the NFC championship with 9 tackles in their win over the Packers, and 10 tackles against the Panthers.
Some believe the Cardinals are simply looking to find out what kind of market Jefferson will command so they can match that offer. Then again, the Cardinals acquisition of former Chiefs and Raiders safety Tyvon Branch could signal they are preparing to lose Jefferson.