Mosely tore his left ACL in Week 5 last season, an injury which ended his campaign and dealt a signficant blow to his free agent value. The 27-year-old tore his right ACL yesterday, Schefter notes. Instead of locking down a starting role in Detroit’s revamped secondary, Mosely will now be forced to begin the lengthy rehab process again.
Across five season with the 49ers, he established himself as a starting-caliber cover man. The major knee injury suffered in his contract year unexpectedly put him Detroit’s price range, and paved the way for a move out of the Bay Area for the first time in his career. Mosely signed a one-year, $6MM deal – a sign of the damage done to his market value by the injury, which required a cleanup procedure in August.
That surgery further delayed his 2023 debut, but expectations were still high for him once he was able to suit up. Moseley recorded one interception in each season between 2019-22, totaling 33 pass breakups over that span. The former UDFA generally put up strong coverage numbers as well, making him a prized acquisition for the Lions as part of their defensive renovations this offseason. Unless he is retained on what will no doubt be another low-cost deal, Mosely’s Detroit tenure will have lasted just two defensive snaps.
The Lions signed Cameron Sutton in free agency, and the ex-Steelers starter will remain a crucial part of their CB room moving forward. The same is true of second-round rookie Brian Branch, whose impressive performances in the summer as a slot corner forced C.J. Gardner-Johnson to move to safety. Third-year Lion Jerry Jacobs – who has gotten off to a flying start with three interceptions – will also be a key member of the team’s secondary, a unit which will be without Moseley for the remainder of the season.
Two of the Lions’ three free agency secondary additions are facing extended rehab timetables. Gardner-Johnson’s torn pec is not certain to sideline him for the rest of the season, but that is in play.