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Breaking News: CJ Mosley to sign with New York Jets

Deal worth $85 million over 5 years

March 12, 2019 - 8:12 am

By Austin Medina  

The Ravens took a gamble by not franchise tagging star linebacker CJ Mosley and now are left empty-handed. 

According to Ian Rapopport, CJ Mosley is signing a 5-year, $85 million contract to join the New York Jets. 

The Jets came into the offseason with the second-most cap space and have cashed in on Mosley. 

Mosley, 26, recorded 105 tackles along with an interception and five pass defenses in 2018. 

Mosley entered the league as the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Since, he has served as the leader and face of the Ravens defense. Aside fro his four All-Pro selections and four Pro Bowl selections, Mosley has been a staple in helping the Ravens' defense rank in the top-10 four of the past five seasons. 

Missing just three games in his career, Mosley averaged 119 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and roughly two sacks per season. 

The Ravens defense will look alot different, after ranking 1st in yards and 2nd in points allowed. With Mosley leaving, the Ravens will be without their star middle linebacker as well as Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle and longtime Raven Terrell Suggs. 

If there is on silver lining to Mosley's depature, the price tag for him is extremely high especially after a dip in pass coverage. Although small, Mosley saw a decline in his coverage last season. 

Early Monday afternoon, another linebacker Kwon Alexander signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the 49ers which set the standard early for linebackers. This move made is nearly impossible for the Ravens to sign back Mosley, who certainly demanded more than $13.5 million annually. 

With the Jets Mosley is expected to make $17 million annually, more than he would have made on the franchise tag ($15.9 million). Many reports explained that Mosley would stay for the Ravens if the money, but clearly the contract offers were far apart. 

The Ravens have a massive hole to fill in the middle but with the new league set to begin Wednesday, they will have to look for options fast. Rookie linebacker Kenny Young may be the replacement long term, though the Ravens should look to add a veteran presence to hep Young along the way.