Jets linebacker CJ Mosley has chosen to opt out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rich Cimini broke the story. Multiple reporters have confirmed it.
BREAKING: Jets LB CJ Mosley has decided to opt out for 2020 due to family health concerns, sources tell ESPN. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 1, 2020
Before I get into discussing the on field impact I want to state that absolutely nobody has any right to criticize CJ Mosley for this decision. Only he knows what the best decision is for him and his family.
Now if we are talking purely about the on field impact for the Jets, this loss will be felt. Mosley might have been the best player on the team after the Jamal Adams trade, and he figured to take on a lot of the heavy lifting Adams did on the defense.
For their part, linebacker is one of the deepest positions on the Jets roster. Avery Williamson is returning from injury. There has been some speculation about the Jets potentially moving on from him to imagine. I would imagine Mosley’s opt out makes that significantly less likely. The team also signed Patrick Onwuasor in the offseason and has Blake Cashman, Neville Hewitt, and James Burgess back.
Still, this will leave a large void.