By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
Do you remember CJ Mosley?
He was the Jets’ big-splash signing before the 2019 season that was supposed to anchor the defensie as their dominant middle linebacker.
Mosley inked a five-year, $85 million deal, and the credentials of a four-time Pro Bowler with Baltimore to justify it. He earned the rite of being named a captain in training camp.
The Jets solved a major issue. Mosley inspired a unit that looked like it could be among the league’s best.
For two games of the 2019 season, Mosley was just that. He had nine total tackles and an interception and returned a pass 17 yards for a touchdown in the opener against Buffalo.
But Mosley pulled a groin against the Bills, and returned six weeks later against the Patriots. Unfortunately, he reinjured the groin, and never took the field again.
Last season, Mosley decided early to opt out due to COVID concerns surrounding himself and his family.
Moseley’s presence last season would have upgraded the Jets’ defense and possibly helped save Adam Gase’s job, providing a different climate.
Over the last month, Mosley surfaced as the subject of trade rumors. He is scheduled to make $7.5 million in the upcoming season, and would cost a team only $6 million against their cap if he was dealt.
So fat, though, Mosley appears to be staying in Green and White. GM Joe Douglas could get more draft pick happy and deal him at the draft. The free-agent addition of inside linebacker Jarrad Davis sparked some chatter.
However, it wouldn’t be a good move. Mosley could unify a potential all-Pro unit.
The Jets need Mosley’s leadership and presence in the lineup for new coordinator Jeff Ulbrich. Their linebacking core last season without him was slightly above average.
They did lose Jordan Jenkins and Neville Hewitt who were both mainstays last year, but signed Davis and Carl Lawson and have leftovers Harvey Langi, Blake Cahsman, and Bryce Huff. The Jets also added free agents Del’Shawn Phillips and John Daka.
If he is healthy, Mosley is a game changer who can make the defensive front better, and take some pressure off the developing secondary.
After a series or two in September, you should remember who he is.