Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley opts out of 2020 National Football League season

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has opted out of playing this season because of family health concerns, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The former Ravens first-round pick's Jets career barely started previous year, with injury setbacks limiting him to 114 snaps in two games. Mosley has opted out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

The four-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $85 million contract to join the Jets last season from the Baltimore Ravens. However, he played only two games due to a groin injury.

Now, though for vastly different reasons, Mosley will be gone for all of the upcoming season.

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. Mosley is the second Jets player to opt out, following offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi.

His contract will toll, meaning it will be pushed back one season.

Williamson missed last season after tearing an ACL in the preseason.

Dont'a Hightower, Nate Solder and Damien Williams are among the biggest names to opt out.

He was off to a great start in his regular-season debut with NY when he got hurt. He acknowledged he still wasn't totally healthy in that game, and missed the rest of the season before eventually having surgery in December. He already received $10 million in the form of a roster bonus, paid in mid-March. Their top returning players are Avery Williamson, Neville Hewitt, James Burgess Jr. and Patrick Onwuasor. On Thursday, he was placed on the physically unable to perform list, but he should be able to practice at some point in training camp.

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