The Jets showed interest in a big free agent from an AFC North team on Monday, just not the one we have been talking about for months.
Gang Green has shown interest in Ravens free-agent linebacker C.J. Mosley, according to a source. Mosley is a four-time Pro Bowler, who has been the leader of the Baltimore defense since the Ravens took him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Alabama.
The Jets are going to face a lot of competition for Mosley, who is one of the top free agents on the market. The Ravens reportedly want to re-sign him and the Browns, Colts and Redskins are reportedly also interested.
While the Jets jumped into the Mosley market, it was unclear what was happening with star running back Le’Veon Bell, considered by most to be the top free agent on the market. There was mostly silence on Monday about Bell’s potential landing spot. There were no reports of any substance about what teams were in the market for Bell and it remained unclear just how interested the Jets are.
Some people around the league remain convinced the Jets are the favorites to land Bell, but that feels like speculation based on their cap space, need for a playmaker and Mike Maccagnan being in a make-or-break year.
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Bell had fun with fans on Twitter on Monday evening by tweeting “I’m so torn right now … decisions,” along with a series of emojis.
While the Jets have been expected to pursue Bell, the interest in Mosley was a surprise. The 26-year-old inside linebacker has registered more than 100 tackles in four of his five seasons. There is no questioning his credentials. Inside linebacker was not viewed as a need for the Jets, though. This could be a sign the Jets are ready to move on from former first-round pick Darron Lee or at least shift his position.
Even after reaching a deal with linebacker Anthony Barr, the Jets remain in the competition for Mosley. The Jets see Barr as more of a pass-rushing linebacker and Mosley as the “mike” linebacker in the middle of the defense.
Mosley figures to command a huge payday. Kwon Alexander, whom the Jets reportedly showed interest in, reached a deal with the 49ers on Monday reportedly for four years and $54 million. Alexander is coming off a torn ACL so Mosley should land a deal well above the $13.5 million annual average value that Alexander got.
The Jets agreed to deals with Barr, slot receiver Jamison Crowder from the Redskins and special teams ace Josh Bellamy from the Bears on the first day teams could speak to the players’ representatives.
Center is another position of need for the Jets and they could be closing in on Matt Paradis of the Broncos. The Jets have shown interest in Paradis and the other top center available, Mitch Morse, agreed to a deal with the Bills.
The Jets did agree to re-sign one of their own free agents, cornerback Darryl Roberts, who started 10 games last year between cornerback and safety