‘It’s not about money for me’

In March, Jets veteran linebacker CJ Mosley restructured his contract to give the team more salary relief.

Mosley agreed to a two-year, $17.25 million deal, with $13.25 million guaranteed. That replaced the non-guaranteed $17 million in base salary he was set to receive in 2024.

“The main mentality was, I want to be here and I want to be a New York Jet,” Mosley said. “I want to be part of this defense that we helped build together. We have come a long way since 2019 and when I came here I wanted to build a winning program.

“Obviously bring a Super Bowl and bring a championship to our team. Until I feel like I can’t do that at the highest level anymore, I shouldn’t be a New York Jet.”

Mosley has been the leader of the Jets defense since arriving in 2019. After playing in three games in 2019 due to a groin injury and opting out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mosley has averaged 159.3 tackles during the 2021-2023 seasons.

When Jets general manager Joe Douglas approached him about a contract restructuring, Mosley told him he wanted to stay with the team.

“I talked to Joe D before and we had a personal, heart-to-heart conversation,” Mosley said. “He said he wanted me here and I want to be here, so we made it happen. Definitely appreciate it.

“It worked and we got to work. That’s what it’s all about, not always because of the money or the pay cut and all that stuff.

“Sacrifice comes in many different ways, whether you talk about sacrifice with your team or with your teammates. It was a small gesture, but it goes a long way. But it’s not about money for me when I’m on the football field.”


The Jets will hold their rookie minicamp May 3-5. The recent draft picks are not expected to participate in drills, but several notable undrafted free agents the Jets signed should be in attendance:

Michigan EDGE Braids McGregor
Miami WR Tyler Harrell
Miami DL Leonard Taylor III
South Carolina EDGE Tyreek Johnson
California LB Jackson Sirmon
Army LB Jimmy Ciarlo
Tulane CB Jarius Monroe
Battle of CB Shyheim, North Carolina
San Jose State S Tre Jenkins