Jets linebacker CJ Mosley opting out of 2020 season

Ross Houston
August 1, 2020

Mosley voluntarily opted out of the 2020 season due to family health concerns, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Mosley, the most accomplished player on their defense, has made a decision to opt out for the 2020 season, sources told ESPN.

Following a five-year run with the Ravens that included a quartet of Pro Bowl nods, Mosley was a much-ballyhooed free-agent signing for the Jets ahead of the 2019 season.

The decision by Mosley leaves the Jets without arguably their two best defensive players.

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.

Mosley's contract tolls, which means he still has four years, $56 million remaining on the deal.

Dont'a Hightower, Nate Solder and Damien Williams are among the biggest names to opt out. 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. He had five tackles and intercepted a pass from Buffalo's Josh Allen and returned it for a touchdown in the opener.

Mosley missed the next four games before coming back against New England.

Mosley said in June he had been "cleared for everything" and was looking forward to having no limitations during training camp.

According to Over The Cap, Mosley was supposed to have a 2020 cap hit of $17.5 million, but it will now be $10 million, which was his roster bonus.

Neville Hewitt, James Burgess, Blake Cashman, B.J. Bello and newcomer Patrick Onwuasor - who replaced Mosley in Baltimore previous year - could all be in the mix to help make up for the loss of the four-time Pro Bowl selection. Avery Williamson is also set to return after missing the 2019 season with a torn ACL, but he opened training camp on the PUP/active list.

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