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Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome says he wants to get a deal done with ILB C.J. Mosley

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Baltimore looks to sign their lead linebacker

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Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome met with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Friday morning. It would be the last time as general manager Newsome would conduct this interview to discuss potential prospects and the state of the team. Outside of team needs, there is of course a matter of players looking to be extended. One of them is middle linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Newsome hasn’t had much luck with high draft picks over the last couple of years. Players such as Matt Elam, Arthur Brown, Maxx Williams, and Breshad Perriman haven’t stood out one way or the other. Over the course of the last two drafts however, Newsome has seem to hit big in the first-round with Ronnie Stanley and Marlon Humphrey, but before them there was Mosley.

Baltimore’s 2014 draft is a bit of a mess. Terrence Brooks and Timmy Jernigan are now gone. Brooks was released just two years after being drafted, while Jernigan showed flashes of his potential but never was a right fit in the 3-4 scheme. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last year. Brent Urban, Crockett Gillmore, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and Michael Campanaro battled numerous injuries. John Urschel, the teams fifth round choice from 2014, retired last season

Mosley is the only selection who stood-out, and he will be a free agent after the 2018 season. Which means Newsome knows now is the time to work out a deal with the middle linebacker, and he revealed at the combine that the two sides are indeed talking.

In his four seasons as a Raven, Mosley has notched 474 tackles, 8 sacks, 8 interceptions, and 6 forced fumbles in his career. Mosley has been named second-team All-Pro three times, and was named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team. It’s safe to say Mosley, barring any turn of events, isn’t going anywhere.