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Late for Work 1/29: C.J. Mosley Talks Contract Negotiations, Dean Pees May Not Retire After All

Posted Jan 29, 2018

Linebacker C.J. Mosley wants to finish his career as a Raven. Reports indicate Dean Pees could join the Tennessee Titans coaching staff. Three offensive playmakers that had a big Senior Bowl. Terrell Suggs is loving his $64,000 winning purse. Garrett Downing does his best to get rid of Le'Veon Bell.

C.J. Mosley Motivated to Get New Deal; Wants to Finish Career as a Raven

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley usually steers clear of any comparisons to his predecessor and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

But he’s making one exception.

When it comes to impending contract negotiations, Mosely is aiming to be exactly like Lewis. The fourth-year linebacker wants to spend his entire career as a Raven.

"I've never been a guy that's liked change or gone to a new place and start over," Mosley told ESPN’s Michael DiRocco and Jenna Laine after Saturday’s Pro Bowl practice.

"I went all four years at Bama. I was at one high school. I was at one middle school. So I'll love to stay in Baltimore and continue my legacy and try to be the second-best linebacker to finish out there."

You catch that? You know, besides the good news that he wants to stick around in Baltimore. He said “second-best” linebacker. What a nod of respect.

Mosley and Ravens brass have more than a year to strike a deal since the team has already picked up the $8.718 million fifth-year option in Mosley’s contract.

That said, the Ravens have a history of trying to negotiate a new deal before their premier players start playing on the final year of their contracts. It doesn’t always work out that way (see Joe Flacco), but it sometimes does (see Jimmy Smith).

Given Mosley’s age (25), durability and high level of play (three Pro Bowls in four years), Mosley won’t come cheap. Spotrac.com estimates his worth to be at about $10.2 million per year, based on the deals other NFL players at the position with similar production have received in recent years. ESPN says it could be higher, estimating between the $11 and $15 million range.

Mosley said he’s not used to talking about money, so he’s leaving that process to his agent. He doesn’t feel like potential ongoing negotiations will change his work environment. He said it won’t be “awkward.”

He just knows he loves the Ravens organization from top to bottom, including his coaches and teammates, and is optimistic everything will solve itself.

"I'm pretty sure something will get worked out, but I just focus on football," Mosley said. "I just leave that to the head of the front office and my agent. I just let them work that out. All I can do is stay healthy and play football.

"I'm not really focused on that. I feel like I put in all the work I could and shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears, so I feel like my play will do all the talking when it comes time for that."

Nothing’s Official, But Dean Pees May Not Retire After All

It’s been less than a month since former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees announced his retirement from a 45-year coaching career, and there’s already rumors that he might not be done after all.

Pees is having discussions about joining the Tennessee Titans staff under new Head Coach Mike Vrabel, who is one of Pees’ former players for five years in New England, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec.

“One potential scenario is Pees becoming the Titans’ next defensive coordinator and his son, Matt, joining him on Vrabel’s staff,” Zrebiec wrote. “[T]he discussions between Pees and the Titans are ongoing and nothing has been agreed to or finalized. … Pees returning to the NFL would be a testament to his relationship with Vrabel.”

When Vrabel took over the job, one of the first things he did was relieve Dick LeBeau, a well-respected defensive mind, of the defensive coordinator duties.

After Pees announced his retirement, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh announced that Don “Wink” Martindale will be Baltimore’s next defensive coordinator. Pees said part of his decision to retire was to spend more time with his wife, Melody, and grandchildren. He didn’t, however, know where life would take him next.

“A lot of times, guys are forced to retire because of health reasons or whatever, and my health could not be better. I think that is the reason why I want to retire,” Pees said earlier this month. “I feel like most of the time in my 45-year career, football has probably come first and everything else second. It’s time that changes. I really want to spend a lot of time with my wife. We have a lot of grandkids … that are all active in sports and I want to see them participate. I missed a lot with my kids and I don’t really want to miss a lot with the grandkids.”

Three Offensive Playmakers That Had a Big Senior Bowl

A contingent of Ravens scouts descended upon Mobile, Ala. last week, and they certainly saw plenty of players at the Senior Bowl that could come to Baltimore and improve the team.

With offensive playmakers a high priority this offseason, there were three that had a monster outing in Saturday’s game. NFL Network and former Ravens scout Daniel Jeremiah gave his take on each:

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen

According to reports, the Ravens would be interested in Allen if he slides to No. 16, but after his performance Saturday, the already-unlikely scenario became even more dubious. Allen had a slow start to the game, then lit on fire in the second half, finishing the day 9-of-13 for 158 yards and two touchdowns. One concern with Allen is he comes from a smaller school in Wyoming and hasn’t performed well against Power Five teams, but he more than held his own against the nation’s top senior prospects.

Jeremiah: “Allen is going to build momentum in scouting circles coming out of the Senior Bowl. He's already considered one of the top prospects at his position, and I expect there to be even more excitement about him now. … Allen has some rough edges that he still needs to smooth out, but we got a glimpse on Saturday of what it looks like when it all clicks for him. He makes throws that no one else can make.”

LSU wide receiver DJ Chark

Talk about taking advantage of your opportunity to put yourself on the map. Chark was receiving little attention until he churned out a game-high 160 yards on five catches, including a 75-yard touchdown and another big gain on a 63-yard reception. Scouts will have to decide whether his big outing was a sign of things to come or an anomaly, as Chark himself admitted after the game that “it’s up there at the top that I’ve ever played.” Good for him.

Jeremiah: “There was zero buzz on Chark coming into this week, but he had everyone talking by the end of the week. His production was outstanding – everyone can see that – but it shouldn't go overlooked that he also was good on the coverage teams, covering kicks.”

San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny

The Ravens are happy with their stable of running backs, but Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta told Ryan Mink that the team would add a special game-breaker to the group if one’s available. Penny fit that description Saturday when he amassed 137 total yards, including 64 rushing and 73 receiving. Penny has been compared to Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt, who just went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and also made a big statement at last year’s Senior Bowl. Hunt was named the North squad’s Most Outstanding Player, and Penny was named the South team’s Co-Most Outstanding Player, along with Chark.

Jeremiah: “Penny showed that he has plenty of burst. His 73-yard touchdown catch showed the versatility that he brings to the table. In a year where we have so many good underclassmen running backs, he had to make a splash in this game to stay relevant. He definitely did that. I think he's positioned himself as a second-rounder at this point in the process.”

Terrell Suggs Loving $64,000 Purse, Downing Does His Best to Get Rid of Le’Veon Bell

The Pro Bowl is notorious for lighter play and just having a good time, but when the fourth quarter comes around, the players clearly take it up a notch.


Well, there’s a pretty big difference in the payout for the winning team ($64,000) and the losing team ($32,000).

As such, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was pretty fired up Sunday when his AFC squad overcame a 17-point halftime deficit with a massive third quarter and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller’s game-sealing sack/strip/recovery in the final seconds of the game.

In other Pro Bowl news, a hat tip to Garrett Downing for trying to get Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell out of the conference. That’s a major improvement from his interview with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, where Downing was a little too chummy.

Downing opened his interview with Bell asking which NFC team Bell would sign with this offseason, and the joke was at first lost on the Pro Bowler, but he eventually figured it out.

“I’ll probably be a Steeler, most likely.” Bell said.

Bah! Nice try, Garrett.

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