Report: Jets LB C.J. Mosley opts out of 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets will not have star linebacker C.J. Mosley for the 2020 NFL season as he has decided to opt out, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.

C.J. Mosley opting out due to family heath concerns

Per Cimini, Mosley is opting out due to family health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is absolutely huge news for the Jets, who were counting on Mosley to be the leader of their defense in 2020. Last season, he played in just two games, suffering a groin injury and missing the remainder of the campaign.

The Jets signed Mosley to a huge five-year contract in free agency last spring. He was set to make $6 million in base salary, with a $1.5 million bonus for signing and $10 million in roster bonuses.

A former first-round pick out of Alabama, Mosley played his first five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. In 79 career games, he’s racked up 588 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 10 interceptions, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns.