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Aaron Donald first to receive official fifth-year option, C.J. Mosley should follow

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Rams exercised the fifth-year option for defensive tackle Aaron Donald, an obvious decision by any GM. Soon to follow should be Ravens own, C.J. Mosley.

“I’m sure that we’ll pick up his option,” Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meeting. “I expect C.J. Mosley to be a Raven for many, many, many years.”

The final day for exercising the fifth-year option is May 3, less than three weeks away. It’s a no-brainer for the Baltimore Ravens to use the option, but the teams biggest focus will be a true, long-term extension.

As of recently, Baltimore has waited too long on extending their players deals. This season alone, they couldn’t lock down Brandon Williams, Rick Wagner or Kyle Juszczyk before testing free agency. In previous seasons they’ve also watched other players leave and receive sizable paydays, rather than sticking around on a deal friendly to both the player and the Ravens cap space.

The upcoming fifth-year option will hopefully help create a bridge to secure an extension with the two-time All-Pro linebacker. The option pricetag sits above $8 million, a good start to the extending deal both sides will work towards.