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C.J. Mosley focused on the field, not new contract

April 17, 2018 - 5:44 pm

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens have a crucial decision to make in 2018 regarding one of their top defensive players. Linebacker C.J. Mosley enters the fifth and final year of his rookie contract and a possible extension has quietly become the elephant in the room.

Both sides have expressed interest in making this a long-term commitment but talks of a new deal have yet to be agreed upon. Time is slowly ticking away as Ozzie Newsome and front office must decide whether or not to keep Mosley around for the foreseeable future.

Appearing at the podium today, Mosley continued to center his focus completely on the gridiron and downplayed urgency in an extension to this point.

"That's up to those (in front office) and my agent..that's why I pay him 3 percent,” Mosley via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.

Given the recent comments made by Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and other high-profile players entering the final years of their current contracts, it’s not often you’ll see a player like Mosley express a calm and collective nature in this situation.

Mosley has been the unquestioned leader of the Ravens’ front-seven, anchoring the void left by Hall of Famer Ray Lewis. While the two are completely different players in their own regards, Mosley has quickly left his stamp in Baltimore since entering the league in 2014.

Through five seasons he’s earned three Pro Bowl appearances, totaled 492 total tackles, eight interceptions, and six forced fumbles.

We’ve seen the Ravens let big-name players walk in free agency -- most recently center Ryan Jensen -- but Mosley brings a whole different dynamic to the defensive side of the ball. To many, he’s deemed irreplaceable, no matter the cost.

The Ravens will have to reach deep into their checkbooks to keep retain their top linebacker but it will be money well spent when considering what Mosley brings to the table.