The Baltimore Ravens’ defense is going to look a lot different next season.
After the Ravens lost Terrell Suggs to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, star linebacker C.J. Mosley agreed to a massive contract with the New York Jets early Tuesday morning that includes a whopping $51 million guaranteed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019
Mosley reportedly preferred to remain with the Ravens and was even considering taking less money to return, but the Jets ended up increasing their offer to him and must have created a significant gap between themselves and Baltimore.
Mosley, 26, was the Ravens’ first-round pick in 2014. He has made the Pro Bowl in four of his five NFL seasons, and he and Carolina Panthers star Luke Kuechly are the only two linebackers to record over 500 tackles, eight sacks and eight interceptions since 2014. Losing him is a massive blow to Baltimore’s defense.
Free agent linebacker CJ Mosley’s reported preference would be to return to the Baltimore Ravens despite interest from other teams.
The Ravens’ defense will look quite different than it did in 2018. Eric Weddle was released. Franchise mainstay Terrell Suggs has departed for an opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals. Mosley leaving would represent another key departure. That’s not something he wants to happen, according to a report from The Athletic’s Connor Hughes.
Background information on the #Jets pursuit of C.J. Mosley, according to sources.
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 12, 2019
The Ravens have reportedly increased their offer in an effort to not lose the 26-year old.
Ravens want to keep Mosley, and have sweetened their offer in process, but sources say there is still a gap in their offer and what the Jets and possibly other teams are offering.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) March 11, 2019
The Ravens are entering a new era with Eric DeCosta taking over GM duties from Ozzie Newsome. Baltimore typically operates under the “right player, right price” mantra. We will likely find out soon what the price is to keep Mosley, who had 105 tackles last season.
CJ Mosley left Thursday night’s Cincinnati Bengals-Baltimore Ravens game with a knee injury.
Mosley exited the game early and had to be carted off in the first quarter.
#CJMosley carted to locker room.
I hope his Lachman exam in training room checks out.
That is a test for ACL tear.
Suspicious landing after hoping over #TylerBoyd.#FingersCrossed. https://t.co/wSf2YjkMVB
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) September 14, 2018
This is a big situation to watch. The former first-round pick was set to enter free agency after the year, so this injury could potentially be devastating for his future earnings.
Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, several popular names still lead the fray when it comes to defensive production. However, key injuries to superstars like J.J. Watt have created a void that has been filled by some surprising players, many of whom are having career years.
Here’s a look at each NFL team’s best defensive player so far in 2017.
Arizona Cardinals — Tyvon Branch, S
There are a lot of talented defenders on Arizona’s roster, but through six weeks, it’s hard to argue that Tyvon Branch — who has been called a “wolverine” complement to the “honey badger” — isn’t the very best. He not only leads the team and is tied for the league lead with 55 tackles, but he’s also defended four passes, forced a fumble and was named to the Pro Football Focus First Quarter All-Pro Team. Branch getting the nod says a lot about his impact this season when you consider Arizona also has Chandler Jones and his six sacks.
Atlanta Falcons — Deion Jones, LB
Deion Jones has filled out the box score this year, leading the Falcons with 38 tackles. He’s also recorded a sack, three passes defended and an interception. Jones is also among Pro Football Focus’ top 15 graded linebackers this season, alongside teammate De’Vondre Campbell, who has also landed very high grades for Atlanta. Jones is blossoming well for Atlanta in his second NFL season.
- Akiem Hicks, Blake Martinez, Bobby Wagner, Brandon Graham, Brent Grimes, Calais Campbell, Cam Heyward, Cameron Jordan, CJ Mosley, Darius Slay, Deion Jones, Demarcus Lawrence, Geno Atkins, Harrison Smith, Jaquiski Tartt, Jason McCourty, John Simon, Johnathan Joseph, Jordan Poyer, Julius Peppers, Justin Houston, Khalil Mack, Landon Collins, Malcolm Butler, Mark Barron, Melvin Ingram, Morris Claiborne, Reshad Jones, Tyvon Branch, Von Miller, Wesley Woodyard, Zach Brown
CJ Mosley had what appeared would be a game-changing play to give the Baltimore Ravens the lead against Washington on Sunday, but a funny thing happened on his way to the end zone.
Mosley intercepted Kirk Cousins on a 2nd-and-8 situation from the Washington 3 in the third quarter. He picked off the pass at the 13 and tried to run it into the end zone, but he lost control of the ball as he dived for the touchdown. The ball went out of bounds before the goal line, resulting in a touchback.
CJ Mosley forgot what sport he was playing pic.twitter.com/jBtOvDumeA
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) October 9, 2016
The unfortunate turn of events took away what could have gone for a touchdown to put Baltimore up 16-13 on Washington, and instead gave Washington effectively a 17-yard gain and fresh set of downs. What a play.
Alabama fans are some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, so it goes without saying that Saturday was a painful day for those who support the Crimson Tide. Rather than taking his chances in overtime, Nick Saban opted to go for a 57-yard field goal that resulted in one of the most incredible endings you will ever see in a football game. Prior to that, placekicker Cade Foster missed all three of his field goal attempts.
Because Foster was so ineffective throughout the game, Saban had freshman kicker Adam Griffith attempt what would have been the game-winner. That does not mean Bama fans forgot about Foster’s horrible day. Not surprisingly, Foster had to deal with ridiculous threats on Twitter after the loss. Two of his teammates, linebackers CJ Mosley and Reggie Ragland, came to his defense.
You fake ass bama fans stop sending threats to my teammate, you spoiled ******, respect what we do and know we all human! And that's REAL!
— CJ Mosley (@TreyDeuce32RTR) December 1, 2013
You put your hands on my dog Cade foster you got a bunch of goons coming at yo neck and that's for real one team one heart beat
— ReggieRagland(bama) (@reggieragland) December 1, 2013
The threats ranged from fans telling Foster to “please die” to a lot more graphic stuff that you can read over at Deadspin. Foster even changed his account avatar and the name on the account to “aaa” after the game, presumably to make it more difficult for idiotic fans to track him down.
This is not the first time we have seen fans hide behind computers and send death threats to players. Unfortunately, it also won’t be the last.