The Baltimore Ravens have reportedly lost another member of their defense.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley is expected to sign with the New York Jets, according to sources of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Mosley has found himself a five-year, $85 million deal with an average annual salary of $17 million. That's a pretty hefty deal for Mosley's position.
The teams first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Mosley became a vital piece of the Ravens' No. 1 defense, earning four Pro Bowls in five seasons. Thanks to a late fourth quarter interception Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns from Mosley, the Ravens found themselves in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
Both the linebacker and the Ravens made it clear in the offseason that coming to an agreement on a new contract was top priority.
"Personally, I think it's 100 percent," Mosley said on his chances of staying on the Ravens' 'The Lounge' podcast. "I mean, I don't feel like going anywhere else. I don't want to go anywhere else."
Just a few weeks ago, Mosley posted a video on Instagram declaring his desire to stay in Baltimore. At his introductory press conference back in January, general manager Eric DeCosta saw Mosley in the Ravens' future as well.
“I certainly hope that C.J. is back," DeCosta said. I believe in my heart that he will be.
Good football players should be paid and C.J.'s a good football player, DeCosta added. There's no doubt about it."
Well, it appears Mosley will be getting paid but by another AFC team. The reported deal will make him the highest paid inside linebacker in the league. Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly previously set the market price at $12.3 million a year.
The Ravens now have huge holes to fill on defense. The team cut safety Eric Weddle last week, and on Monday, veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs informed the Ravens he would be signing with the Arizona Cardinals.
It's certainly a new era of Ravens football.
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