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Jets star LB C.J. Mosley to opt out of 2020 NFL season

Pro Football Rumors logo Pro Football Rumors 1 day ago Sam Robinson, Pro Football Rumors
a hand holding a green ball: C.J. Mosley will be sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. © Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports C.J. Mosley will be sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.

C.J. Mosley will become the latest player to pass on the 2020 season. The Jets linebacker is opting out, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.

The former Ravens first-round pick’s Jets career barely started last year, with injury setbacks limiting him to 114 snaps in two games. Now, the Pro Bowl linebacker will wait until 2021 to make an impact with his second NFL team.

While the Jets are not expected to be a serious 2020 contender, this represents another major setback. They made Mosley the NFL’s highest-paid linebacker (by far) last year, in signing him to a five-year, $85M deal. Bobby Wagner since surpassed that pact, but by 2021, Mosley will have played two of a possible 32 games with the Jets.

With Jamal Adams now a teammate of Wagner’s in Seattle, after last weekend’s blockbuster trade, the Jets have lost their two highest-profile defenders in a seven-day span. The second year of Mosley’s contract will toll to 2021, now making the deal run through the 2024 season. But this leaves a major hole on a Jets linebacking corps that also has Avery Williamson returning from a season-long injury absence.

Dont’a HightowerNate Solder and Damien Williams are among the biggest names to opt out. Mosley is the most decorated player set to skip the season. The 2014 first-rounder has made four Pro Bowls. The Ravens wanted to re-sign the inside linebacker last year, but the Alabama product understandably did not turn down a monster Jets offer that raised the off-ball ‘backer salary ceiling by nearly $3M. Mosley has four 100-plus-tackle seasons on his resume.

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