NEW YORK — New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has opted out of playing this season because of family health concerns, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
The 28-year-old Mosley was entering his second season with New York after signing as a free agent in 2019 following five years in Baltimore. He played in just two games last year for the Jets while dealing with a groin/core muscle injury.
The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because the team hadn’t announced Mosley’s decision. ESPN first reported that Mosley was opting out.
Mosley joins a growing list of players who are choosing to not play this season — if there is a season — amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
He is the second Jets player to opt out of the season. Offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi also decided earlier this week to not play this year.
New England has had several players do so, including star linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Chiefs starting running back Damien Williams, a key to their Super Bowl run last season, said he wouldn’t play. Giants tackle Nate Solder is also among those opting out.
The decision by Mosley leaves the Jets without arguably their two best defensive players. New York traded safety Jamal Adams to Seattle last Saturday along with a 2022 fourth-round draft pick for safety Bradley McDougald, first-rounders in 2021 and 2022, and a third-rounder in 2021.
Giants extend Gates
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Less than a week after left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the season, the New York Giants extended the contract of third-year tackle Nick Gates.
The Giants announced Saturday that Gates had signed a two-year extension worth at least $6 million.
The Giants also confirmed they had signed placekicker Chandler Catanzaro.
He reached an agreement with the team earlier this week after Aldrick Rosas was released in the wake of a hit-and-run accident in the offseason.
Gates started games at right guard and right tackle last season, He started 25 consecutive games at left tackle at Nebraska.
The Giants are expected to move first-round draft pick Andrew Thomas to left tackle to take over for Solder, who started every game the past two seasons. Gates, who played in all 16 games last season, and veteran Cam Fleming are expected to compete for the job at right tackle.
Bosa inks deal
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Joey Bosa has become the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player after signing a five-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday.
Bosa and the Chargers reached agreement on a new deal Tuesday night.
The five-year extension is worth $135 million, which includes $78 million guaranteed at signing and $102 million overall.
The deal eclipses the five-year, $125-million extension that Cleveland’s Myles Garrett signed two weeks ago.
That contract included $100 million guaranteed for Garrett, a defensive end who was the top pick in 2017.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bosa is going into his fifth season. He was the third overall pick in the 2016 draft and has been selected to two Pro Bowls.
Stafford on COVID list
DETROIT — One of the NFL’s standout quarterbacks is now on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Matthew Stafford was put on the list by the Detroit Lions, according to the league’s transactions report Saturday.
The reserve/COVID-19 list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.
The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there.
The Lions, citing NFL-NFLPA policy, have not been commenting on the medical status of players on that list. Stafford is entering his 12th season with Detroit after being drafted by the Lions with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009.
Stafford’s wife Kelly had surgery last year to remove a brain tumor.
Cowboys release kicker
FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released Kai Forbath on Saturday, clearing the way for Greg Zuerlein to be their kicker in 2020.
Forbath signed a one-year contract in March after making all 10 kicks as the midseason replacement for a struggling Brett Maher in 2019.
Zuerlein signed a three-year contract with $2.3 million guaranteed just a few days later and was reunited with special teams coach John Fassel, who left the Los Angeles Rams and joined new Dallas coach Mike McCarthy’s staff.
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