Report: Lions agree to terms with former Jags DT C.J. Mosley
The Detroit Lions agreed to terms on a two-year deal with former Jaguars defensive tackle C.J. Mosley on Wednesday. Mosley, an eight-year veteran, is coming off a career year when he started 13 games for Jacksonville. The addition of Mosley could help improve the Lions' run defense.
The Detroit Lions agreed to terms on a two-year deal with C.J. Mosley after meeting with the former Jaguars’ defensive tackle on Wednesday, according to a report from Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Mosley, 29, started 16 games for the Jaguars over the last three seasons including 13 in 2012. Last season, Mosley recorded a career-high 45 combined tackles and 2.5 sacks. Mosley, who was released by Jacksonville on Monday, had two years remaining on a three-year, $7.5 million contract before the move.
The Lions are looking to add depth to their defensive line after the loss of defensive tackle Sammie Hill and defensive end Cliff Avril in free agency. Detroit also released veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch in early-February. In 2012, defensive tackles Nick Fairley and Corey Williams missed 12 games combined. Williams, 32, is a free agent.
With Williams and Fairley missing extended time, the Lions were average against the run last season. Detroit ranked 16th in run defense (118.1 yards per game) and 24th in yards allowed per carry (4.50). When defending runs up the middle the Lions ranked 28th, allowing 4.67 yards per carry according to NFLGSIS.com.
Mosley (6-2, 310) is well-traveled. A sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2005, Mosley spent time with four teams in eight NFL seasons before Wednesday’s move. In three seasons with the Jets, Mosley had 39 tackles and three starts while appearing in 35 games. Mosley received one start in 12 games with the Browns in 2009 before signing with the Jaguars in October of 2010.
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