C.J. Mosley is yet another Alabama football player to opt out of the NFL season.
COVID-19 has impacted many facets of the sporting world. With the Alabama football season uncertain, the MLB struggling to avoid season cancellation, and the NFL seeing more players opt out by the day, fans are not sure what to expect. Many NFL players are sitting out, and a former Tide athlete added his name to that list.
C.J. Mosley was supposed to play his second season for the New York Jets. He instead decided to opt out of the NFL season due to health concerns. The Jets will now be without both Mosley and Jamal Adams, the two clear-cut veterans on defense. With a lack of talent at skill positions, along with no true pass rush, the Jets have no true chance to compete in the AFC East.
Mosley only played in two games due to an injury last year, so this is not ideal for fans of the Jets. Tide fans will have to wait until 2021 to see his career in New York truly begin.
Mosley isn’t the only Alabama football player to sit out.
As of right now, Mosley makes four Crimson Tide players to opt out of the NFL season. Chance Warmack opted out after not playing last season. Andre Smith was another offensive linemen to join the list. The biggest name to this point has been Dont’a Hightower from the Patriots.
Out of all of these, Mosley is only the second-biggest loss. The Jets will struggle without his leadership, but they were going to struggle anyways. Without Dont’a Hightower, the Patriots likely have a below-average defense. Adding this loss with Patrick Chung, plus the losses in free agency, and and the Patriots might struggle to make earn a wildcard slot.
Plenty of players around the NFL are choosing to sit out. However, it feels as if a large percentage of them have been from Alabama. Perhaps this will balance out this week as more players decide to sit out. We will have to see.
None of this is ideal, expect this to become normalized over the next week. Without a detailed safety plan, more athletes will take their health into their own hands and sit out for a season.