The New York Jets were expected to be big time free agency players is offseason, and they have not disappointed so far. This morning the Jets signed linebacker C.J Mosley from the Baltimore Ravens to a massive five-year, $85 million deal with $51 million guaranteed.
Former Ravens LB CJ Mosley intends to sign a 5-year, $85 million deal with the Jets, as @RapSheet said. Jets land Anthony Barr and Mosley.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
How the NFL world has changed:
In 2002, Ray Lewis signed a seven-year, $50M contract ($7.1M per year) that included a then-NFL record signing bonus of $19M.
Now, 17 years later, C.J. Mosley agrees to a five-year, $85M deal ($17M per year) that includes $51M guaranteed.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) March 12, 2019
That is an annual average value of $17 million per year, the most money committed to an inside linebacker in the NFL.
This is now the third player in two days to get a record-breaking contract. Lineman Trent Brown with the Oakland Raiders, and safety Landon Collins with the Washington Redskins also got the largest deals ever at their positions.
Mosley spent his first five seasons with the Ravens and made four Pro Bowls. He was the leader of the Baltimore defense and was second-team All Pro four times. Mosley had 100 tackles in every season except 2016, when he missed two games. He has nine interceptions and five fumble recoveries in his career.