Over 50 NFL players have already opted out of the 2020 season. Thursday at 4:00 EST is the deadline for players to decide on if they want to play football in 2020.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, “several big names are strongly considering” the opt out option before Thursday’s deadline.
Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley, Patriots linebacker Donta Hightower, Chiefs running back Damien Williams, and Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman are some of the big names we’ve seen already opt out.
Almost all the opt outs so far were made before the NFL and NFLPA signed the official terms. It will be interesting to see if more players will make the tough decision to opt out.
Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made comments to the Wall Street Journal about how he doesn’t think football should be played this season. Shortly after that came out, we found out those comments were from two weeks ago and before he saw the Browns setup at their facility. Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith and Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins also made comments in recent months about how they would feel uncomfortable. Both players reported to training camp and not much has been said since.
Players who do opt out will receive a $150,000 stipend. High-risk individuals could opt-out and receive a $350,000 stipend.
Contracts for players who opt out will toll into the 2021 season. However, only high-risk individuals will earn an accrued season toward free agency.
A full tracker of all the latest opt-outs can be found here.
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