WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NFL players have the choice to opt-out of the 2020 season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The NFL management said that a player receives a $350,000 stipend if the league determines he is high risk for COVID-19 while those who opt-out for other reasons get $150,000.
- A number of players, including C.J. Mosley and Damien Williams, will pass on the 2020 season.
NFL players have the right to opt-out of the 2020 season over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic concerns. MLB’s Miami Marlins had an outbreak on their team, which could have triggered the decision of some NFL players to play this season.
Players have until Aug. 3 to say if they are opting out of this season. The decision would be final and players won’t be allowed to return anytime during the season. A player receives a $350,000 stipend if the NFL determines he is a high risk for COVID-19 while those who opt-out for other reasons get $150,000.
Here is a running team-by-team list of which NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season:
Baltimore Ravens: Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas was put on the team’s reserve list as a voluntary opt-out. Backup offensive tackle Andre Smith also opted out.
Buffalo Bills: Nose tackle Star Lotulelei, who was diagnosed with a heart condition, and Cornerback E.J. Gaines have opted out.
Chicago Bears: Nose tackle and a key piece of the Bears’ defense Eddie Goldman opted out.
Dallas Cowboys: Cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted receiver Stephen Guidry will not play this season.
Denver Broncos: Defensive tackle Kyle Peko decided to opt out.
Houston Texans: Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who played three games last season has opted out.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Defensive tackle Al Woods announced that he is opting out of the season, citing “the health and safety of my family.” Linebacker Lerentee McCray announced that he too is opting out, also citing the safety of his family.
Kansas City Chiefs: Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season. Duvernay-Tardif, who is also a doctor, decided to help treat coronavirus patients.
Minnesota Vikings: Defensive tackle Michael Pierce, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal this offseason has opted out of the season.
New England Patriots: Pro Bowl linebacker Dont’a Hightower and starting right tackle Marcus Cannon opted out. As did running back Brandon Bolden, fullback Danny Vitale and offensive lineman Najee Toran. Safety Patrick Chung became the sixth Patriots player to opt out and wide receiver Marqise Lee would be the seventh player to opt out.
New Orleans Saints: Tight end Cole Wick opted out of the season.
New York Giants: Left tackle Nate Solder, who survived testicular cancer in 2014, opted out. Solder’s son has battled cancer too.
New York Jets: Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley is opting out because of family health concerns. Offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi has also opted out.
Philadelphia Eagles: Receiver Marquise Goodwin will sit out this season.
Seattle Seahawks: Guard Chance Warmack, a 2013 first-round pick, opted out.
Tennessee Titans: Undrafted rookie offensive lineman Anthony McKinney opted out even though undrafted rookies are not eligible for the $150,000 opt-out stipend.
Washington Football Team: Defensive end Caleb Brantley was granted a “high-risk” opt-out, a designation that allows him to collect a $350,000 stipend and an accrued season.