To build Ravens-like culture, Jets had to steal heart of Baltimore defense

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When the New York Jets‘ decision-makers conducted their strategy sessions ahead of NFL free agency, they never imagined C.J. Mosley would be available. They figured he’d re-sign with the Baltimore Ravens or get the franchise tag. After all, who lets a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker, three months shy of his 27th birthday, out of their clutches?

So, yes, the Jets were “shocked” when Mosley became a free agent, according to coach Adam Gase.

“When he hit the market,” Gase said, “it was a full-court press for us.”

C.J. Mosley is being paid handsomely not only to make plays but to show the Jets what it takes to win. Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

It took a record-setting contract to land Mosley — crazy money, some league insiders will tell you — but the Jets felt compelled to do it because they’re determined to build a winning culture. Gase talked about it on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying he wants to fill the locker room with football-first players who put team and winning above themselves. “Dogs,” safety Jamal Adams calls them.

The Jets identified Mosley as one of those dogs — a “culture-changer,” Gase said — and they

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