NY Jets: C.J. Mosley is the team's most overpaid player

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It made perfect sense for the NY Jets to ink C.J. Mosley to the massive five-year deal worth $85 million after what he did for the Baltimore Ravens during the first five years of his career.

Mosley totaled 387 solo tackles (43 for loss), 32 quarterback hits, nine interceptions, and eight and a half sacks during that time.

After a 2018 campaign that saw Mosley tally 70 tackles and half a sack through 15 games, the Jets signed the former Alabama linebacker and had big plans for him. Sadly, it's been disappointing so far and Mosley certainly hasn't lived up to his billing.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report recently said that Mosley was the Jets' most overpaid player on the roster and most Jets fans would probably agree.

"It's hard to argue that linebacker C.J. Mosley didn't deserve a big free-agent contract in 2019. He was a centerpiece of the Ravens defense and a four-time Pro Bowler. However, Mosley has delivered next to nothing to the New York Jets since they acquired him, and there's no telling if he was simply a product of the Ravens' system."

Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report

Since coming to New York, Mosley has been disappointing, to say the least. He appeared in two games in year one as a Jet before suffering a groin injury and those two games saw him total four solo tackles, two defended passes, and one interception.

In year two, Mosley opted out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so Jets fans have only gotten to see Mosley in two total games. Not exactly what the team had in mind when they inked him to that massive five-year deal.

The NY Jets overpaid C.J. Mosley, and he's appeared in just two games for them to this point.

The contract has been a disappointment, sure, but there's still plenty of time for Mosley to turn it around if the Jets give him the opportunity to. He's signed for three more years but Knox details what it could take to get out of the contract if they desire that option.

Knox mentions that the earliest "feasible" option is following the 2022 season, meaning New York would have him on their roster for two more years.

That gives him time to prove he was worth the dough they paid him and having nearly two years off since his groin injury should help him return to that form we saw in Baltimore.

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As of now though, it's hard to argue that C.J. Mosley isn't the most overpaid player on the NY Jets' roster.