New York Jets: C.J. Mosley Opts Out of 2020 NFL Season

C.J. Mosley, New York Jets(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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C.J. Mosley was set to take over the New York Jets’ defense now that Jamal Adams has been traded to Seattle, but that is no longer the case.

The New York Jets’ defense had already taken a hit, to begin with, as Jamal Adams had been traded to the Seahawks following a trade demand, and falling out with the Jets, but now the defense is even worse of a position.

On Saturday, Jets inside linebacker, C.J. Mosley, announced he would be opting out of the 2020 NFL Season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mosley announced he would be opting out due to family health concerns.

Mosley, a former Alabama standout, joined the Jets ahead of the 2019 season, coming over from the Baltimore Ravens, where he was named to three consecutive Pro Bowls and had two straight seasons with at least 105 combined tackles in 2017 and 2018.

In addition to this, when he plays at least 15 games in a season, Mosley has never had less than 105 tackles in a season. That being said, the Jets were really looking forward to the defensive impact he could’ve had in 2020.

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In 2019, Mosley battled a plethora of injuries that sidelined him for all but two games. With this, plus the 2020 season where he won’t take the field because of COVID-19, the Jets are missing out on two years of the five-year $85 million contract they signed the star ILB to ahead of the 2019 season.

With this, the Jets’ defense will take a massive hit in 2020, and they could be in a load of trouble if their current depth chart is the depth chart come week one.

Because Mosley opted out, the likely player to take his spot will be Neville Hewitt, who started 12 games for the Jets in 2019, once again because Mosley was out. Before 2019, Hewitt had started only 11 times in four years, but

In 2019, Hewitt had a combined 75 total tackles, and 3.0 sacks, certainly lower than what Mosley would produce, but not horrible for 12 games.

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The Jets will hope he can improve upon that in his second year as a full-time starter in New York.