Miami Dolphins Sign C.J. Mosley
By Dan Heaning
The Miami Dolphins’ defensive line added a new body today in C.J. Mosley in a case of the rich getting richer.
The Dolphins and Mosley agreed to a one-year deal, reuniting the ex-Detroit Lion with his old teammate Ndamukong Suh.
The move likely means A.J. Francis or Anthony Johnson will be released before the start of the season. However, according to Armando Salguero, the move will not impact the starting defensive tackles immediately.
Miami has failed to dramatically improve their linebacking corps so the next best thing would be to strengthen the defensive line and since that was already considered one of the best front fours in the league, the Dolphins add even more depth to it.
Mosley is entering his 11th season in the NFL and will turn 32 in August. The University of Missouri graduate has played for the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jaguars prior to joining the Lions in 2013. He has 51 career sacks, seven forced fumbles, nine stuffs, and 187 combined tackles in 129 career games. Mosley has only missed two games in the last four seasons.
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The move is interesting, but it isn’t considered an indictment of second round pick Jordan Phillips. The Dolphins are putting a lot of stock into their defensive line, but that position was never really the problem. The addition is great for depth purposes. However, it does little to help a thin linebacker position and a secondary that desperately needs for Jamar Taylor and Will Davis to mature immediately.
Overall, it’s a nice move and can help lessen the burden on the two weak spots of the defense by getting to the quarterback and running backs before they get the ball past the line of scrimmage. However, the move just shows the Miami front office is putting all their eggs in one basket.