Star middle linebacker C.J. Mosley has opted-out of the 2020 NFL Season due to family health concerns (via. Rich Cimini). Mosley, 28, signed a 5-year deal with the New York Jets last offseason worth $85 million.
The LB is a four time Pro Bowler with the Baltimore Ravens. He was a second team all-pro in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mosley has racked up 588 tackles along with 8.5 sacks and 10 interceptions in six seasons.
Mosely was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He attended the University if Alabama were he was a two-time BCS National Champion. He is a middle linebacker that can drop back in coverage and can blitz the quarterback when needed.
This is a huge blow to the New York Jets defense as the team recently traded star safety Jamal Adams and looked to rely on Mosley’s leadership this upcoming season. Mosley will now go another season barely play for the Jets as he only appeared in two games last season due to a groin injury. The green and white are now battle for the second MLB spot with Blake Cashman, Neville Hewitt, James Burgess, and Patrick Onwuasor. Who every wins the spot will play alongside Avery Williamson at the middle linebacker position.
Arguably Mosley’s biggest play of his career came in 2018 against the Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield. Mosley, with the Ravens at the time, intercepts a Mayfield pass on 4th down that seals the win and a division title for the Baltimore Ravens. C.J. Mosley now joins Offensive Lineman Leo Koloamatangi as the only two New York Jets players to opt-out of the upcoming season so far.