Entering his second season with the franchise, New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chose to opt out of the 2020 campaign, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.
The former Ravens first-round pick's Jets career barely started previous year, with injury setbacks limiting him to 114 snaps in two games. Mike Maccagnan, looking to make a splash in free agency, signed him to a massive five-year, $85-million deal.
This will be the second straight season the Jets' defense suffers from Mosley's absence. Bobby Wagner since surpassed that pact, but by 2021, Mosley will have played two of a possible 32 games with the Jets.More news: Netflix’s The Kissing Booth 2 Ending Explained
Mosley joins a growing list of players who are choosing to not play this season - if there is a season - amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Dont'a Hightower, Nate Solder and Damien Williams are among the biggest names to opt out. Mosley had six tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception returned for a touchdown in the opener against the.More news: Arizona football to open 2020 season at home against ASU
Mosley missed the next four games before coming back against New England. He finished last season on injured reserve with a groin/core injury and was cleared to return this season with no limitations as an anchor of the Jets defense.
There had been some speculation that NY could cut Williamson, who's due to make $8.5 million against the salary cap this season. His decision is final, per the league's opt-out rules.More news: Nine Premier League clubs asked CAS to uphold Man City's European ban