Detroit Lions interested in linebacker C.J. Mosley

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This wasn't the only high-profile free agent linebacker signing for the Jets in the first 24 hours of free agency either, as NY spent big on former Vikings first-round pick Anthony Barr.

Mosley, 26, was the Ravens' first-round draft pick in 2014 and went on to be selected to four Pro Bowls in his five seasons with the team.

The 27-year-old eventually signed with the New York Jets on an extremely massive deal, but the Colts reportedly made a run for him likely before the money got too high, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Crowder, whose deal is for three years and $28.5 million according to published reports, had 221 catches for 2,628 yards and 14 touchdowns in four seasons with Washington.

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The Jets aren't messing around in free agency, deciding to use their wealth of cap space to add young defenders to a reasonably promising defense. Mosley played his entire career with the Ravens. The Jets' latest and biggest splash thus far came in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

While the NY offense has taken its share of the blame for the team's issues recent years and understandably so, the Jets' defense deserves its share of responsibility as well. However, the Jets simply made Mosley an offer he couldn't refuse. So that's exactly what they did, making Mosley the top-paid off-ball linebacker in the National Football League at $17 million per year. But don't mistake this for a quick spending spree giving the Jets a one-to-two-year window.

For now, though, New York's defense has a big-time upgrade with the addition of Mosley, who'll pair with Avery Williamson to comprise a formidable duo.

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