NFL Free Agency Primer: Emmanuel Moseley

The regular season has come to a close, and most teams have already begun the complicated process of preparing for the 2023 season. In the coming months, we'll be covering the impending free agents most capable of shifting the balance of power in the NFL.

The Player: Emmanuel Moseley

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley isn't a huge name heading into free agency, but he could be a sneaky effective addition to a discerning team. He has allowed sub-70.0 passer ratings on throws in his direction in each of the past two seasons while earning above-average marks from Pro Football Focus. He's also proven he has a place on an elite defense: the 49ers have finished in the top-five for yards allowed in each of the past four seasons.

The Fit:

Moseley doesn't have the traits or resume of an elite man-to-man corner, but he's proven he can be a heady and valuable player on a great defense. He would make sense as a veteran addition to a top-heavy secondary that needs play-making and competence at CB2 or in the slot. The 49ers' rivals in the NFC West should all consider giving him a call.

The Cost:

Moseley is a relatively young (26 years old) former undrafted free agent and has yet to put together a truly dominant season, so he's unlikely to break the bank this offseason. He can probably expect a deal that positions him as a CB2 or CB3, something like the four-year, $24 million deal signed by Jalen Mills with the New England Patriots in 2021.

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