The first day of NFL free agency was a good one for the Jets. Now the second day has started off even better.
One day after coming to terms with edge-rusher Anthony Barr, slot receiver Jamison Crowder and special teams ace Josh Bellamy, the Jets agreed to terms with former Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, an NFL source confirmed. The deal agreed to overnight is for five years and $85 million, according to the NFL Network, with $51 million guaranteed.
The Jets had been after the 6-2, 250-pound inside linebacker from the moment the "legal tampering" period began on Monday, according to a source. They viewed him as a terrific complement to Avery Williamson, one of the prizes of their 2018 free-agent class, and an upgrade over former first-round pick Darron Lee, whose future with the Jets is no longer clear.
Mosley, a former first-round pick (2014), had a strong preference to remain in Baltimore, a source said, and was deciding between the Jets and the Ravens right to the end. The Jets needed to bid significantly higher than the Ravens to land him, the source added, and it appears that's exactly what they did.
And they may not be done spending money, either. The Jets were trying to sign free-agent center Matt Paradis late Monday night and they appeared to be the lone bidder remaining. However, according to a report, Paradis' team re-engaged his old team, the Denver Broncos, in talks late Monday, so the status of that was not immediately clear.
Of course, the big fish in the free-agent pond still remains, too, and the Jets were involved in the Le'Veon Bell chase. Multiple NFL sources told SNY on Monday that the Jets are believed to be the favorites to land the star running back, but several other teams were also involved. Bell is expected to make his decision sometime on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Jets are still looking for help at cornerback, where they lost Buster Skrine to the Bears, and along the defensive line as they continue to remake their defense for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Their linebacking corps of Barr, Williamson, Mosley and Jordan Jenkins, though, now looks stronger than it's been in years. It's unclear if Williams has plans for Lee, the Jets' first-round pick in 2016, though it now seems obvious the Jets won't pick up the fifth-year option on his contract when they have to make that decision in May.