CJ Mosley

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CJ Mosley Working Towards His Next Contract

June 19, 2018 - 12:47 pm

By Tim Barbalace

The Ravens have taken plenty of criticism for recent misses in top rounds. However, in 2014 they undoubtedly hit a home run with CJ Mosley.  Mosley was the 17th pick in the 2014 draft and has been a stud since day one.  He became the first rookie in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl and has been selected as a Second-team All-Pro in three of his four seasons. 

Mosley has amassed 474 tackles, eight sacks, six forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns over his career.  The knock on the 5th year linebacker has always been his subpar coverage skills, but he at least holds his own.  He has 30 pass deflections and eight interceptions in his four years. 

Mosley's production will warrant a huge contract in Baltimore or the open market, but it begs the question whether an inside linebacker is worth big money?  He seems to be an indispensable cog in the Ravens defense and has proven to be durable as he has missed just two games in his career.  Mosley is also committed to the team.

“It’s just what I’m used to – coming to work, being here with my guys in the offseason, building new relationships with the rookies and the new players on the team – for me, it’s just what I’ve been used to the last four years,” Mosley said.   “I’ll leave that for my agent and upstairs.  I’m just here for football.”

That is a rare attitude for a soon-to-be free agent.  This offseason plenty of players including Aaron Donald, Taylor Lewan, Julio Jones and  David Johnson have held out of mandatory minicamp and offseason workouts. 

The adage for defense is that you have to be strong up the middle.  Baltimore has invested heavily in that area giving out big deals to Brandon Williams as well as Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson.  Letting Mosley walk wouldn't make much sense given recent commitments to those players.

Mosley will undoubtedly command upwards of $10 million annually, and the Ravens are usually up against the cap, but in future years Baltimore is expected to have more room to work.  The team has had plenty of homegrown talent walk out the door, but Mosley should be here to stay.