Baltimore Ravens debates: Can the Ravens move on from C.J. Mosley?
C.J. Mosley is one of the biggest names entering free agency and the Baltimore Ravens have a decision to make. Can they let Mosley go to a different team?
The Baltimore Ravens could end up losing C.J. Mosley to free agency. When the Ravens took him with the 17th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, they clearly made the right decision. Mosley has been to the Pro Bowl in every year of his career except for 2015. He’s never started less than 14 games in a season, which is a testament to his durability. Mosley is coming off a season where he had over 100 tackles, something he’s accomplished in four out of five years. The Ravens clearly hit on the Alabama Crimson Tide product. Now he is a free agent.
The Ravens didn’t franchise tag Mosley. The linebacker tag would cost $15 million, which is an extreme deal for an inside linebacker. Baltimore wants Mosley back, but the franchise tag was too unappetizing of a solution to their problem. Mosley, who had the division crown saving interception in the regular season finale, wants to stay in Baltimore. The Ravens still have a chance to get a deal done with Mosley.
The decision to not franchise tag Mosley was an indication that DeCosta doesn’t have a blank check ready for his star linebacker. It doesn’t matter that both sides want to see Mosley continue to play in purple and black attire because it is a business. The Ravens Flock has to have a conversation. Can they move on from Mosley, or do they have to find a way to keep him?