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Free agency: LB C.J. Mosley to leave Ravens for Jets, per NFL Network

Linebacker C.J. Mosley is leaving the Ravens after five years and four Pro Bowls. 

But he isn’t coming to Cleveland. 

The Browns were reportedly in the mix for Mosley, but he agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal with the New York Jets with $51 million guaranteed, NFL Network reported Tuesday morning. 

Teams could begin negotiations with free agents Monday at noon. Contracts can’t be signed until Wednesday at 4 p.m. 

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The Browns didn’t make any deals Monday.

The Jets, with new coach Adam Gase and former Browns interim coach Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator, reportedly agreed to a deal with Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on Monday, giving them arguably the two top targets available.

The Browns remain in the market for a linebacker after releasing veteran starter Jamie Collins last week. Philadelphia’s Jordan Hicks was still unsigned Monday morning. 

Mosley, who’ll turn 27 in June, was the No. 17 pick of the Ravens in 2014 out of Alabama. He’s started all 77 games he’s played, amassing 597 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, nine interceptions, 8.5 sacks and six forced fumbles.

He intercepted Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield in the season finale.

The Ravens hoped to keep Mosley, but the Jets offered a richer deal.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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