The former Lions defensive tackle has made his choice, and the choice was to reunite himself with his former Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh as he signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The terms of the contract are not yet known.
Although a former teammate of Suh, Mosley is more than likely a mere depth signing for the Dolphins, as the team is pretty much set at every position along the defensive line. He has played for five teams since being drafted by the Vikings in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL draft, and has 12 career sacks.
In his rookie year for Minnesota, Mosley accumulated 19 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble while filling in for an injured Kevin Williams. He was then traded, along with an undisclosed draft pick to the Jets in 2006 for backup quarterback Brooks Bollinger. He played three seasons for the Jets.
Mosley then signed a two-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2009. He broke his ankle late in that season and was placed on injured reserve and then cut after just one season. He then signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010, was cut in 2011, then re-signed in 2012. He was released following the 2012 season.
Mosley signed with the Detroit Lions in 2013 and played sparingly that season. Last season, the Lions sent him home early from their game in London after they discovered marijuana in his hotel room. He was subsequently cut.
He now joins a defensive line that already has Suh, Earl Mitchell, A.J. Francis, Anthony Johnson and second-round draft pick Jordan Phillips. Reports are out that the signing of Mosley is not an indictment against the rookie Phillips, so speculation is now arising that this signing spells the end of either Francis or Johnson's tenures with the Dolphins. I wouldn't be so sure.
Mosley will be 32 by the time the season starts and as it's only a one-year deal, he isn't likely to stick around for very long unless he proves himself to be a valuable depth signing right off the bat. Francis and Johnson are still young and brimming with potential and talent, so releasing them for the sake of a rental in Mosley would not be wise in this writer's opinion.
Fans have been baffled by the amount of effort that's gone into the defensive tackle position this offseason, and perhaps it's the Dolphins way of compensating for the lack of moves made regarding the linebacker position, that as of right now still has Koa Misi in the middle and an unknown as the SLB. Only Jelani Jenkins has a spot solidified as the WLB.
Mosley should provide good depth and be able to spell Earl Mitchell every once in a while. Hopefully all the effort being put into this specific unit will pay its dividends and make the Dolphins a team that's near impossible to run against.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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