Morgan Moses was surprisingly released by the Washington Football Team in late May.
The long-time starting tackle became expendable after the team drafted Sam Cosmi and signed former Bears tackle Charles Leno Jr. in free agency. Ron Rivera confirmed as much in a press conference after the release.
“Nothing other than we’re just going in a different direction. We have an opportunity to get some young guys on the field,” Rivera said, per NBC Sports’ Ryan Holmer. “We went out and brought in a veteran left tackle. So, feel very comfortable with those decisions because of the players we have on the roster right now.”
But now, Moses looks like he’s on the verge of landing with a new team. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, that will be the New York Jets, who are “making progress” on a multi-year deal with Moses.
The Jets are a sensible landing spot for Morgan Moses.
While New York has a great-looking, young left tackle in Mekhi Becton, they don’t have a great bookend for him. George Fant is a decent starter, but he’s better served as a top-tier swing tackle. Meanwhile, 2019 third-round pick Chuma Edoga hasn’t shown enough yet to be entrusted with the starting job.
Moses fits the mold that the Jets have searched for in their tackles. New York likes big-bodied blockers at tackle, and that’s why they drafted Becton (6-foot-7, 364 pounds) and signed Fant (6-foot-5, 296 pounds).
Moses is 6-foot-6, 330 pounds and has good length. He’s stronger and heavier than the more athletic Fant, so he will challenge the converted tight end at the tackle spot.
For Washington Football Team fans, this signing will be of little consequence. While Moses was a stalwart in Washington and started 96 consecutive regular-season games for the team, he did show some signs of regression at times during the past two seasons.
As such, Rivera drafted a replacement for Moses in Cosmi and added another veteran tackle, Leno, to replace Morgan as cheaper depth and a stopgap starter on the left side (which could free up Cornelius Lucas to play the right side). So, Moses became expendable.
Seeing Moses land in the AFC would be welcome for Washington as they wouldn’t have to worry about facing him on a yearly basis. So, if Moses does land in New York, that may be the ideal way for his free agency to end, at least in Washington’s eyes.