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NFL Free Agency: CJ Moore inks new contract with Detroit Lions

Steve Samra03/18/23
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CJ Moore
Detroit Lions Special Teams Ace CJ Moore (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have inked defensive back and special teams ace CJ Moore to a new contract, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

“The #Lions are signing back defensive back and stellar special teamer C.J. Moore, source said,” tweeted Rapoport. “He gets a 2-year, $4.5M deal with $3M fully guaranteed and another $1.25M available in potential incentives. Moore visited the #Patriots on Friday.”

Moore came into the league out of Ole Miss in 2019, and has been with Detroit ever since. While he’s found it tough to get on the field on defense, he’s done more than enough on special teams, and now Dan Campbell’s team is rewarding him for it.

The Lions are an up and coming squad, and it’s obvious they value what Moore brings to the table. He’ll remain in Detroit moving forward.

More on the 2023 NFL offseason, free agency

The NFL 2023 calendar year is set to begin at 4 p.m. ET on March 15 when contracts running through 2022 will officially run out, making those players free agents. Prior to the beginning of free agency, teams will have a chance to designate one franchise or transition tag player, starting on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. ET and ending on March 7. Beginning March 13 through March 15 teams will be allowed a legal negotiation with players who are set to become unrestricted free agents.

In addition to NFL free agency, the new year also marks the beginning of all trades being made official by the league office. April 21 marks the deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets while April 26 marks the deadline for teams to match restricted free agent offers sheets. 722 players are slated to become free agents in 2023.

More on restricted, exclusive rights free agents

Players with only three years of accredited NFL experience become restricted free agents. Their original team will have the option to apply first-round, second-round, original-round, and right-of-fight-of-first-refusal tenders on players at escalating price tags. The higher the round, the more expensive the tender amount; however, if a separate team does offer a contract and the original team does not match that round pick will be conveyed from the new team to the original team. Right of first refusal only gives a team the option to match or not. If they don’t match, they get nothing in return. An original-round tender would send a draft pick from whatever round the player was drafted back to the original team if they chose not to match. The original team will have five days to match once a player signs an offer sheet from a new team.