Entering his second season with the franchise, New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has made a decision to opt out of the 2020 campaign, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.
As for Mosley's contract, he still has four years left on the five-year, $85 million contract he signed in 2019.
Mosley voluntarily opted out of the 2020 season due to family health concerns, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because the team hadn't announced Mosley's decision. Mosley is the most decorated player set to skip the season.
He is the second Jets player to opt out of the season.
In a span of a week, the Jets have lost their top two players on defense.
New England has had several players do so, including star linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
Williamson missed last season after tearing an ACL in the preseason. Bobby Wagner since surpassed that pact, but by 2021, Mosley will have played two of a possible 32 games with the Jets. After the Jets traded Jamal Adams to the Seahawks, Mosley was supposed to be the centerpiece of the defense. The second year of Mosley's contract will toll to 2021, now making the deal run through the 2024 season. So the Jets will have more cap space in 2021 because of that, though it remains to be seen what the National Football League salary cap will be next season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mosley missed the next four games before coming back against New England. But this leaves a major hole on a Jets linebacking corps that also has Avery Williamson returning from a season-long injury absence. He was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list earlier this week but is expected to be ready to play when the regular season begins. He already received $10 million in the form of a roster bonus, paid in mid-March.