New York Jets middle linebacker C.J. Mosley won’t play in the 2020 season, opting out amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple reports Saturday.
That leaves the Jets without Mosley, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and arguably the best player on their defense, just a week after they traded disgruntled All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks.
NFL.com reported the 28-year-old is opting out because of family health concerns.
New York signed Mosley to a five-year, $85 million contract in March 2019, hoping he’d anchor their defense the way he had for the Baltimore Ravens, who made him a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
But last season, he missed 14 games with a groin injury. He managed just nine tackles to go with one interception and a fumble recovery, He had a career-high 133 tackles and 12 quarterback hits in his rookie season.
According to Spotrac, he already received his $10 million roster bonus and was due to make an additional $6 million in base salary.