OWINGS MILLS, MD – After eight seasons, the most recent one being with the Ravens, cornerback Jerraud Powers is retiring from the NFL.
Powers, 29, was a third-round pick out of Auburn in the 2009 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Indy before signing a three-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. He would play out his contract there, and last offseason Powers signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Ravens.
Powers only started six games for the Ravens last season, and had some injury issues early on, but he served as a more-than-capable slot corner. His presence, with Jimmy Smith battling several injuries throughout the season, was crucial.
In the 13 games he played for Baltimore, he recorded 26 tackles, two interceptions, and a sack. He finishes his career with 13 interceptions (75 passes defensed), three sacks, three forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries.
“With the 2017 season getting started and teams are preparing to be the best they can be, I think it’s time for me to walk away from the game,” Powers said in his retirement statement, which was made via Instagram. “The last 8 years have been a joy and wonderful ride. Even though I can still compete and play at a high level, mentally, I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.”
Hot Take: With the Ravens signing veteran cornerback Brandon Carr, and Baltimore’s re-signing of longtime defensive back Lardarius Webb, the retirement of Powers is not shocking. Perhaps the Ravens had a feeling that this was coming from Powers, hence the reason for not re-signing him.
The Ravens’ secondary is still strong with depth. Right now, Jimmy Smith and either Brandon Carr or Tavon Young look to be the starters at cornerback. With Tony Jefferson and Eric Weddle being the presumed starters at safety, Webb could potentially play a lot of slot cornerback this season. The Ravens will likely add more secondary pieces at some point in the draft, but they also have Maurice Canady, Kyle Arrington, and Anthony Levine Sr. on the roster.