Williams is known for a 4-3 defense with heavy blitzing, but he'll apparently step out of his comfort zone to accommodate the personnel in New York, where Mosley recently signed a five-year, $85 million contract. The former Raven will line up next to Avery Williamson at inside linebacker, providing the Jets with a formidable, versatile pairing in the middle of their defense. Given Williams' reputation as well as the lack of talent at outside linebacker on the current roster, Mosley and Williamson should have frequent blitzing opportunities -- an area where both have shined. The team presumably plans for the two linebackers to occupy every-down roles, with potential for both to hit triple-digit tackles while also chipping in sacks and turnovers. It's hard to say whether Mosley or Williamson will emerge as the superior IDP asset, but both figure to have some degree of value.
Mosley is expected to sign with the Jets on a five-year, $85 million contract that includes $51 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mosley becomes the highest-paid inside linebacker in the league by a wide margin, topping recent signing Kwon Alexander (49ers) and former record holder Luke Kuechly (Panthers). The 26-year-old averaged 119.4 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 1.7 sacks and 1.3 in five seasons with the Ravens, earning consistent praise for his durability (three missed games) and strong work against the run. Mosley did have some issues in pass coverage the past few seasons, but he also had a hand in a number of turnovers. He should have plenty of chances to use his impressive blitzing skills as the middle linebacker in Gregg Williams' 4-3 defense.
As expected, Mosley will have his chance to test the open market at the beginning of the new league year, though the Ravens presumably still have interest in signing him to a long-term deal. He was named to the Pro Bowl in four of his first five seasons, averaging 119.4 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 1.7 sacks while missing just three games. Mosley is widely viewed as the top inside linebacker available in free agency.
The Ravens' decision not to tag Mosley will allow him to hit unrestricted free agency March 13. Mosley led Baltimore's defense with 105 tackles (70 solo) during the 2018 season, in addition to five passes defended and one interception. The 26-year-old has missed only three games in his five-year career. A four-time Pro Bowler, there's no question that Mosley will garner a strong market in free agency and earn a starting job wherever he lands.
The 17th overall pick from the 2014 draft has missed just three games through five seasons, piling up 579 tackles (7.5 per game), 8.5 sacks, nine interceptions, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. While his playmaking skills and knowledge of the Baltimore scheme are beyond reproach, Mosley doesn't quite rank among the elite at inside linebacker, with opponents often able to exploit his coverage one-on-one against running backs and tight ends. The Ravens surely hope to reach an agreement before the start of free agency, considering the franchise tag for linebackers (approximately $15 million) is inflated by pass rushers that play outside in 3-4 schemes. Luke Kuechly is the gold standard for middle/inside linebacker contracts at $12.36 million per season, with Bobby Wagner a distant second at $10.75 million, per overthecap.com. Mosley isn't as good as either of those players, but it may not matter in a situation where he has all the leverage for negotiations.
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