Could linebacker C.J. Mosley end up leaving the Jets after playing just two games in two years for the organization?
C.J. Mosley hasn’t exactly been a big name since he signed with the Jets, but it’s not his fault. The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker underwent an injury-plagued 2019 campaign in which he took part in just two games. He then opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
His value may not be what it once was, but regardless, teams are reportedly interested in him, having reached out to the Jets about a potential trade for the veteran.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported the news Monday.
The #Jets have been receiving trade calls on four-time Pro Bowl LB C.J. Mosley, per sources. After opting out last year, Mosley still has $22 million in guarantees remaining on his contract, but his cap hit to a new team would be a relatively reasonable $6M in 2021.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 15, 2021
Trading Mosley would save the Jets $1.5 million in cap room. ESPN’s Rich Cimini notes he thinks the Jets “would be motivated” to send Mosley elsewhere.
The Jets have talked to teams, I'm told. I believe they would be motivated to move him. Cap charge this year is $7.5 M. Possible to have Mosley and Davis, but if they can get a team to take his onerous contract … https://t.co/cCEPCNUpLF
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 15, 2021
The Jets could receive even more draft capital for this offseason or next if they were to deal the 28-year-old linebacker. Adding more picks this year would be crucial, considering the Jets already own 10 and need all the help they can get in order to develop after a putrid two-win season. Trading Sam Darnold could additionally snag them a high-round 2021 draft selection.
Joe Douglas may indeed want to move on from Mosley, who he didn’t even sign. The Jets and former general manager Mike Maccagnan inked Mosley to a five-year, $85 million deal back in 2019 just a few months before Douglas was hired to replace Maccagnan.
The Jets just agreed to a one-year deal with linebacker Jarrad Davis, a cheaper option than Mosley. If Douglas believes Davis is a better fit for what Robert Saleh is attempting to build and currently has superior value in comparison to Mosley, he may ultimately greenlight a trade offer.