Entering his second season with the franchise, New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chose to opt out of the 2020 campaign, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.
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.
Now, though for vastly different reasons, Mosley will be gone for all of the upcoming season.
Dont'a Hightower, Nate Solder and Damien Williams are among the biggest names to opt out.
His contract will toll, meaning it will be pushed back one season. Mosley has four 100-plus-tackle seasons on his resume. He acknowledged he still wasn't totally healthy in that game, and missed the rest of the season before eventually having surgery in December. So, this was likely an extremely tough decision to make for Mosley.
Neville Hewitt, James Burgess, Blake Cashman, B.J. Bello and newcomer Patrick Onwuasor - who replaced Mosley in Baltimore past year - could all be in the mix to help make up for the loss of the four-time Pro Bowl selection. Avery Williamson is also set to return after missing the 2019 season with a torn ACL, but he opened training camp on the PUP/active list. His decision is final, per the league's opt-out rules.