Jets LB C.J. Mosley opts out of 2020 season

Sources: Jets LB C.J. Mosley opts out of 2020 season

Mosley, whose first season with the Jets saw him play only two games due to injury, is opting out due to family health concerns. Mosley, the most accomplished player on their defense, has made a decision to opt out for the 2020 season, sources told ESPN.

Mosley, who was entering the second year of a five-year, $85 million contract signed in 2019, will receive a stipend for sitting out the season.

Mosley, the highest-paid player on the Jets, was due to make a total of $16 million this year. In his five years with the Ravens, he played in 77 of a possible 80 games. After the Jets traded Jamal Adams to the Seahawks, Mosley was supposed to be the centerpiece of the defense.

Jets guard Leo Koloamatangi has also reportedly opted out.

Williamson missed last season after tearing an ACL in the preseason. The second year of Mosley's contract will toll to 2021, now making the deal run through the 2024 season.

Mosley missed the next four games before coming back against New England. So, this was likely an extremely tough decision to make for Mosley. 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. On Thursday, he was placed on the physically unable to perform list, but he should be able to practice at some point in training camp. But Mosley's decision to opt out will likely mean Williamson will remain on the roster - and likely take over as the signal-calling quarterback on defence.

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