The Jacksonville Jaguars are continued the purging of their roster on Monday when they announced the release of defensive tackle C.J. Mosley.
Mosley, who will turn 30 prior to the start of the 2013 season, had two years remaining on a three-year, $7.5 million contract he signed last offseason. The move is somewhat of a surprise given that Mosley supplanted Terrance Knighton for a spot in the starting lineup last year and started 13 games for the Jaguars at defensive tackle.
While Mosley was probably the best defensive lineman the Jaguars had last year, they still were towards the bottom of the league in run defense. Given his age and his price tag, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell felt he could get younger and cheaper talent along the interior of the defensive line.
With Knighton moving on to the Denver Broncos and Mosley now released, the Jaguars appear to be thin at the defensive tackle position. The Jaguars now have former first-round pick Tyson Alualu and the recently signed Roy Miller as the favorites to be starters for now. They also have some inexperienced guys in Jeris Pendleton, D’Anthony Smith and Jerome Long on the roster.
With the addition of Miller to the roster, Mosley would have likely been no more than a rotational guy this season. The release of Mosley also could be a sign that the Jaguars are in the market for former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch, who would be an upgrade over Mosley and a player who is familiar with head coach Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme.