Jets' C.J. Mosley Discusses His Decision to Opt Out of 2020 NFL Season


Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley announced over the weekend that he is opting out of the 2020 NFL season due to family health concerns, a decision he expounded upon Monday during a Facebook Live event helping to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

“That’s probably the biggest football decision I’ve made in a long time, probably since I picked what college I’m going to. That’s a book I got to start writing pretty soon,” Mosley said. “What’s the next step? Because there’s a lot of negative things people been saying as far as me not playing two years. And there’s a lot of positive things that are being said.”

The quote came as Mosley’s answer when a former Marine asked him how he overcame something difficult. He admitted that he’s still wrestling with the decision, which can’t be reversed, but hopes to come back in 2021 after almost two years off as a better player.

“I’m out all year so I have all this time to mentally get better, to physically get better, kind of readjust and kind of find that flame again,” Mosley said.

Mosley was a four-time Pro Bowler in Baltimore, but the first year of his five-year, $85 million deal with the Jets saw him play in just two games due to injury. His contract will now toll for an extra year, meaning he will be with Gang Green through 2024.

Here are more of Mosley’s words on his opt-out, and family reasoning:

“Because of COVID, my family is my support system with my son. I didn’t want to risk that obviously. Just looking at the big picture, for me, I want to make sure I’m mentally and physically the best person I can be so I can be that leader I know I can be. It’s a full team sport. Sometimes people got to get better on their own. We’re in a different situation and I got to look out for my family. Sometimes you got to make that small sacrifice. That’s something you might not understand right now but when you come out on top everybody’s going to be on your side cheering for you.”

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