Jaylon Ferguson, an out of doors linebacker who was entering his fourth season with the Baltimore Ravens, died after the authorities found him unresponsive in a North Baltimore home late Tuesday, the police said. He was 26.
The Baltimore Police said in an announcement that officers were called to the house just before 11:30 p.m. to research a “questionable death.” Once they arrived, Mr. Ferguson was unresponsive, said Detective Niki Fennoy, a department spokeswoman. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene, she said.
There have been no signs of trauma or foul play, Detective Fennoy said, but investigators “usually are not ruling out the potential of an overdose.”
Mr. Ferguson’s body was taken to the health worker’s office, where an autopsy can be performed to find out the reason for death, the police said.
The Ravens announced Mr. Ferguson’s death on social media early Wednesday morning, saying that the team was “profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson.” The team described Mr. Ferguson as a “kind, respectful young man with an enormous smile and infectious personality.”
“We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon,” the team wrote.
The Ravens chosen Mr. Ferguson through the third round of the 2019 N.F.L. draft because the eighty fifth overall pick. In his rookie season, he recorded 31 tackles and a couple of.5 sacks, and he contributed to a Ravens defense that ranked third in points allowed. In 2020, in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he recorded a profession high of six tackles.
Mr. Ferguson, a Louisiana native and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, broke the all-time N.C.A.A. record for profession sacks with 45, earning the nickname “Sack Daddy” and beating out a longtime former Ravens player, Terrell Suggs, who posted 44 profession sacks at Arizona State University.
Current and former teammates and players across the N.F.L. shared tributes to Mr. Ferguson on Wednesday.
Josh Bynes, a Ravens linebacker, said on Twitter that he and Mr. Ferguson all the time had “real” conversations.
“Joked together, laughed together, prayed together, fought on the sector together!!” he wrote. “Just a real spirit.”