Jefferson gets his wish – a better Madden rating

Posted by Darren Urban on February 17, 2016 – 11:05 am

Tony Jefferson likes his video games, and he likes his Madden. He has long paid attention to the rating the EA product has given Jefferson in its game — his Twitter bio actually reads, in full, “Just trying to raise my Overall rating on Madden”.

So after his solid 2015 season, the folks at Madden did just that, jumping Jefferson nine points in his overall rating to an 86 (Tyrann Mathieu jumped 11 points to a 94 and Rashad Johnson went up six, to an 83.) “It’s all I’ve ever wanted,” Jefferson tweeted — although he did note he still wants to get into the 90s on the 100-point scale. (He also tweeted how he was a 67 when he originally came into the league. As I’ve said, he has paid attention.)

Now, is it really all Jefferson has ever wanted? The man is a restricted free agent-to-be. He’ll be back with the Cardinals in 2016 almost certainly. The question will be if the Cardinals just tender him an offer (it would have to be at least at a second-round level, since Jefferson was originally undrafted, meaning in theory Jefferson could be tendered, sign elsewhere, and that team would owe the Cardinals a second-round pick) or if they sign him to a longer deal. With Johnson an unrestricted free agent, the Cards may buy time with the one-year tender and go from there.

In the meantime, Jefferson will undoubtedly be working on a big 2016, both because he could be an unrestricted free agent after the season and, of course, because he wants to be in the 90s.



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14 Responses to “Jefferson gets his wish – a better Madden rating”

  1. By DTL on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    Timely post. Saw your tweet re the Aussie, love he’s basically a man to man skill set. Then thought of whether Cards can afford to/or should lose “field coaches” like Powell and Rashad who sometimes physically underperform, but seldom out of position and can ballhawk in schemes. Then Bethel, gifted but sometimes lost or mispositioned. Context tough, as CBs/Ss have a lot of ground to cover, so scheme so important. Like Clemons, Swearinger… new CB White whiffed on some tackles. Then Mathieu, such an oxymoron of skill vs health, must reward yet protect against more bad luck. Lots of good Qs for Keim, the Coaches…looking towards the draft.

    Fwiw, John Clayton speculated Cards at home v Panthers on Thursday Night could open the NFL season. That could even be tie breaker in last week of season for home field in an NFC Championship rematch.

    Lots of god stuff to ponder on long dog walks. lol.

  2. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    Moving forward, one of my two starting safeties the next 5 years is Tony Jefferson.

    Who that other one is? Well, that is still up to debate.

  3. By erik on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    I like Jefferson, and I hope they offer him a multi-year deal. I think Powers is gone. I like Rashad Johnson, too, but I feel he will get paid more than he may be worth on the open market. He is a very smart player, but I think physically there is still something to be desired with him. And I don’t think Bucannon would do well at the safety position in the NFL. I don’t know for sure, that is just my gut feeling. Bucannon really needs to pack on the pounds this offseason and embrace the LB position from here on out, which I think he has started to already from what I read.

    All that said, they sort of have to keep Jefferson on board. It’s fortunate he just so happens to be a pretty good safety!

  4. By NJAzCardsFan on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    Darren- So you see any of the Cards coaching staff leaving for better positions or being released?

  5. By Darren Urban on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Coaches

    Never say never, but no, I don’t expect changes at this point.

  6. By William Barry on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    I think Tony Jefferson is a very underrated player….He is so good in coverage, like Tyrann. We must keep him…and sign him to a long term deal.GO CARDS!!!!

  7. By ACardinalsFan on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    Darren, there has been a lot of discussion about the quality of our offensive linemen relative to the way they play. Do you think their coaching could be an explanation for the effectiveness of their play individually and as a unit being less than expected?

  8. By Darren Urban on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    ACardinals —

    RE: OL

    I guess it depends on what was expected. This offensive line was the one that was in place for the second-leading scoring team in the NFL, with an MVP candidate at QB who was in the top five for least amount of sacks, and a running game that gained almost 2,000 yards. You can’t say the OL for he most part didn’t do its job.

  9. By Big Ken on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    This is a win win situation for everyone. A second round tender for a UDFA? Gold!

  10. By JohnnyBluenose on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    DTL….our Cardinals will be playing the Panthers in Raleigh not in Glendale. But it would be cool to play them in week one.

  11. By Eazy E on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    Tony getting love from madden now… Rashad is still pretty darn low at 83 if Tony is 86 because Rashad is definitely better! He should be at least 87. Honey Badger way up deservedly at 94!

  12. By ACardinalsFan on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    Darren, you make an excellent point. Our offensive line certainly was one of the better units in the league. However, expectations for our Cardinals are higher than ever. Even though this past season was emmensely successful and certainly enjoyable from my perspective as a fan, I find myself wanting more and although expecting “Super Bowl” caliber performance is perhaps unrealistic, I am trying to understand how we might achieve it. It appeared to me that our shortcomings in our losses to the Rams, the Seahawks, and the Panthers were due, in part, to the pressure the opposing defensive line put on Carson and our “red zone” and “short yardage” offense so I ask how can we get better. We have 3 first round draft picks and a talented left tackle on our offensive line so it’s hard for me to attribute any shortcomings our offensive line may have to the talent available in our player personnel. This causes me to wonder if the problem lies with the offensive line’s coaching. Given the quality of the defensive lines we face in the NFC West, to be successful, we must strive for an offensive line that is second to none. I realize that I’m expecting a lot.

  13. By DTL on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    Johnnybluenose: Dang you are right. Thanks. At least I know one person read my post, so I’ve got that going. Maybe we exorcise the demons in Carolina…that would be huge.

  14. By Scott H on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    OK, I gotta ask ( because I think somebody has to ) – is it me? Have we really reached a point where players are looking to their MADDEN ratings for some type of validation???

    Good lord, please say it ain’t so.

    Tony, look at your REAL game stats ( whatever they are, they may be wonderful, they may be something less than wonderful ) and go from there.

    What’s next? Players using their Madden ratings to demand more money???

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