The Baltimore Ravens announced the death of linebacker Jaylon Ferguson on Wednesday at the age of 26.
Ferguson was set to start his fourth season with the Ravens. The circumstances of his death have not been released.
“We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the team said in a statement. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon. “
A native of Zachary, Louisiana, Ferguson played at Louisiana Tech and set the NCAA career sack record while with the Bulldogs.
The Ravens selected him in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft and he started in nine games for Baltimore as a rookie. He remained a key part of the Ravens edge rusher and linebacker rotation and was expected to back up Tyus Bowser and Odafe Oweh in 2022.
Ferguson is the third active NFL player to die this offseason. Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed attempting to cross a highway on foot in April, while Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney died in a car accident in May.