New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has opted out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports.
The four-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $85 million contract to join the Jets last season from the Baltimore Ravens. He was due $6 million in salary in addition to his $11.5 million in roster bonuses before opting out.
Players who opt out without pre-existing conditions will receive a $150,000 stipend for the season instead of their salaries. Bonuses are not affected by opting out. Mosley’s decision arrives two days before the Aug. 3 deadline. His decision is final, per the league’s opt-out rules.
Jets guard Leo Koloamatangi has also reportedly opted out.
Mosley’s played 2 games since signing with Jets
Mosley, 28, has played just two games since signing his contract with the Jets. 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.
Mosley is the second high-profile loss for the Jets defense after safety Jamal Adams was traded to the Seattle Seahawks.
Cimini reports that Mosley’s decision to opt out is over family health concerns.
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