After a big day of securing big-name free agents, the Detroit Lions are reportedly interested in four-time Pro Bowl free agent linebacker C.J. Mosley.
The Detroit Lions had a big first day of free agency as the legal tampering period began on Monday. The Lions either signed or agreed to a deal with several big-name veterans including wide receiver Danny Amendola, pass rusher Trey Flowers, cornerback Justin Coleman and tight end Jesse James.
Now, another big free agent name has emerged as a possible target for the Lions. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero via Pro Football Talk, Detroit is one of several teams interested in signing former Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft (17th overall) out of Alabama, Mosley has spent the past five seasons as a member of the Ravens. He’s been nominated to the Pro Bowl four times and named an All-Pro twice.
The talented and durable 26-year old has posted triple-digit tackle totals every season but once and has missed a total of three games in five years. Last season, Mosley racked up 105 total tackles, five pass defends, one interception and 0.5 sack in 15 games. He missed one game due to a knee injury in Week Three.
The Ravens are very interested in keeping Mosley as The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec reported that Baltimore has recently increased their contract offer to the linebacker in an attempt to entice him to return. But apparently the bid is still lower than what other teams are reportedly offering. One of those teams could be the Lions.
The Detroit Lions were also rumored to be the likely landing spot for former Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Anthony Barr. The fact Detroit is also possibly interested in C.J. Mosley could mean Barr isn’t in their plans, that Mosley is higher on their wish list or that the Lions are simply keeping all their options open.