Cabot notes several other teams are also interested in signing Mosley, one of the NFL's most reliable tacklers and a Pro Bowler in each of the last three seasons. Meanwhile, Ray Lewis himself recently called Mosley the best middle linebacker in the game.
Of Mosley's 5-Year $85 million contract, $51 million will be guaranteed, while he expects to fit right in with their 3-4 scheme and be the new leader of their front seven.
The dominoes began to fall Monday afternoon when Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander reached a four-year, $54 million deal with the 49ers despite the fact he's coming off a torn ACL. Before this week, the highest average value for an inside linebacker's contract was $12,360,313 for Lukey Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers.
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However, it looks as though the Ravens will have far more competition for Mosley's services in free agency. Mosley had 100 tackles in every season except 2016, when he missed two games. Instead, they let him hit free agency and the Jets pounced.
Mosley is the latest addition to a Jets linebacker core that suddenly appears stacked.
Meanwhile, however, the NFL's top-ranked defense in Baltimore has been severely depleted, losing Mosley, Eric Weddle, and Terrell Suggs who combined for 460 National Football League starts and 17 Pro Bowls between them. This is a flawless example of how not to operate in free agency.