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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: C.J. Mosley and Terrell Suggs reportedly moving on from the Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: C.J. Mosley and Terrell Suggs reportedly moving on from the Ravens

Yesterday marked the start of a very busy week in the NFL, and a lot has happened in those 24 hours for the Baltimore Ravens. 

Here's the latest Ravens news you need to know.

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- Monday at noon marked the start of the legal tampering period before NFL free agency officially opens Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. One of the biggest free agents to hit the market is linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley made it clear he wanted to remain with the Ravens and his teammates were doing the best they could to ensure that happened with #StayWithTheRavens and #SignCJ.

Their efforts didn't prove effective as news broke early Tuesday morning that Mosley is expected to sign a five-year, $85 million contract with the New York Jets

- After 16 seasons with the Ravens, linebacker Terrell Suggs is expected to sign with the Cardinals, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. In what was reportedly a surprise to Ravens officials, Suggs is an Arizona native and attended Arizona State. 

- The Ravens exercised cornerback Brandon Carr's 2019 option Monday, according to sources of ESPN NFL insider Field Yates. In 11 seasons, Carr has never missed a game or a start. 

- The Ravens are among five teams interested in linebacker Brandon Marshall, according to NFL Network's Jesse Palmer. Marshall played in 11 games in 2018 recording 22 solo tackles, but zero sacks, zero forced fumbles and zero interceptions. 

- Ravens players have been busy recruiting this offseason. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is set to hit the open market, and safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Marlon Humphrey are actively trying to get him to #ComeToTheRavens.


Looking Ahead: 

March 13: New league year begins at 4 p.m. ET

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin 

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New Ravens GM faces tough choices with Flacco, Mosley and more to keep team under cap in 2019

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New Ravens GM faces tough choices with Flacco, Mosley and more to keep team under cap in 2019

Eric DeCosta stood at the podium at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md. Wednesday for the first time as the Ravens' general manager. 

The introductory press conference ushered in a new era for the organization, and DeCosta, who started it off by recounting when he realized he was interested in scouting, has heavy decisions staring him directly in the face.

Most notably are the futures of quarterback Joe Flacco, linebackers Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley, safety Eric Weddle and guard Marshal Yanda. 

"That's an ongoing process," DeCosta said on the team's plan for Flacco.

"The new league year starts in March. We'll have a lot of different ideas, strategies, things that we'll look at once March rolls around. Right now, we're really focused on the draft and our free agency meetings, which will start to take place over the next couple weeks. We have discussed Joe. We've discussed a lot of players on the team. I think that when the time comes for us to make a decision, one way or the other, we'll have a plan in place."

If and when the Ravens decide to trade Flacco after 11 seasons and one Super Bowl, DeCosta will likely be looking to recoup the 2019 second-round draft pick they gave up in the 2018 draft to move back into the first-round to pick Lamar Jackson. And with the lack of first-round worthy quarterbacks in this year's draft, Flacco could be a hot commodity.

One thing DeCosta made clear during the almost 45 minutes he spent answering the media's questions, was that the team will be focused on putting themselves in a really good salary cap position in 2019 and going forward. 

In addition to clearing $10.5 million in cap space by parting with Flacco, the Ravens could free up $6.5 million by cutting Weddle, $7 million with guard Marshal Yanda, $9.5 million and $5 million with cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr respectively, and $4.66 million and $4 million with receivers Michael Crabrtree and Willie Snead. 

"I think we want to have the best players we can," DeCosta added. "That we can fit in under the parameters of the salary cap. We want to have a great mix of young players and veteran leadership and guys that can help us win games. And there's a lot of different formulas for that. As of right now, we're not tied to cutting anybody and we're not tied to playing with anybody. We want the best team we can field to play in September 2019."

Two of the veteran leaders the Ravens will have to try to fit under the salary cap are Suggs and Mosley, two players DeCosta helped draft.

"Good football players should be paid and C.J.'s a good football player. There's no doubt about it."

After being voted to his fourth Pro Bowl in five seasons, Mosley made it clear he wants to remain in Baltimore and DeCosta noted how different their season would have ended if it weren't for Mosley's playmaking skills in Week 17.

“I certainly hope that C.J. is back. I believe in my heart that he will be.”

Now the Ravens must get to work and figure out how to make players like Mosley fit in financially. When asked about utilizing the franchise tag on the linebacker, DeCosta said "everything is on the table."

Then there is free agency to deal with. 

"Right player, right price," is how DeCosta described their approach going into it. "The other thing is we're going to look at our players on our team. We'll make some tough decisions with certain players. And there's a lot of different ways we could go. We could let some guys go and free up some capital, and we may decided that's not the best thing for us to do for the football team. We may wait to do that with certain players. We may not."

While no insight was given on exact players, it is clear that DeCosta and the Ravens will be thoroughly examining all options in free agency and the draft. 

"Then we may decide to draft first and see what we can do via the draft before we really do anything in free agency, which can be effective as well. I think there's a lot of different strategies that we can use. I think right now what we're trying to do is just asses the quality of the draft and also asses the quality of free agency. To rank the players from best to worst and to find, and sort of ascertain, which players really help us be the best team we can be." 

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Is C.J. Mosley worthy of a contract extension with the Ravens and at what cost?

Is C.J. Mosley worthy of a contract extension with the Ravens and at what cost?

The Baltimore Ravens' offseason will be filled with more questions than answers, one of them being what to do with 26-year-old linebacker C.J. Mosley.

The Ravens' 2014 first-round pick wrapped up his rookie contract and is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Earning four Pro Bowl nominations in five seasons, Mosley has become a leader of the league's top defense and is responsible for their postseason appearance after picking off Browns' Baker Mayfield late in the fourth quarter of their Week 17 win. 

But is the linebacker worthy of a contract extension and at what cost?

According to sources of The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec, the Ravens have had "recent contract talks" with Mosley's agent Jimmy Sexton and the linebacker would like to stay in Baltimore. 

"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."

In five seasons, Mosley has started all 77 games he's appeared in piling up 563 total tackles, 191 assist, 8.5 sacks, 39 passes defended, nine interceptions, six forced fumbles and one touchdown. His 469 tackles since 2014 ranks fourth in the NFL.

Those numbers, his leadership, youthfulness and four Pro Bowls in five seasons is certainly worthy of a fruitful contract.

According to Spotrac.com, Mosley's projected market value is a five-year, $48,859,429 deal with an average salary of $9,771,886. The linebacker's current average salary is $2,197,001.

That's quite a lot of money to flesh out to one player with nine other unrestricted free agents on the roster, including 16-year veteran Terrell Suggs.

Spotrac also provided a list of comparable players to Mosley based on their age, contract status and statistical production. Jaguars' Telvin Smith signed a four year, $45,051,175 contract at 26-years-old and Giants' Alec Ogletree singed a four-year, $42,750,000 contract at age 26 as well. 

Mosley's projected market value fits within the trend of those of his caliber. Now it's just time for general manager Eric DeCosta to decide if that number, and Mosley, fit in the Ravens' future. 

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