Much like the MLB and NBA, the NFL has agreed to allow players to opt out of the 2020 season for health and safety reasons.
In the collectively bargained agreement between the NFL and NFLPA, players who are considered “high risk” for COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if they choose to opt out. Those who are not deemed “high risk” can earn $150,000 for opting out.
With NFL training camp set to begin, players are starting to make their decisions on whether or not they will play in the 2020 season.
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Here is who is opting out thus far:
De’Anthony Thomas, KR, Baltimore Ravens
Andre Smith, OL, Baltimore Ravens
Star Lotulelei, DT, Buffalo Bills
Jordan Mack, LB, Carolina Panthers
Eddie Goldman, DT, Chicago Bears
Goldman, a key cog in the Bears’ defense, reportedly is opting out due to health concerns, which may means he has a medical condition and could be deemed high risk. He is the first Bears player to opt out.
Maurice Candy, CB, Dallas Cowboys
Stephen Guidry, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Houston Texans
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OL, Kansas City Chiefs
Duvernay-Tardiff is opting out of the season so he can continue working at a long-term care facility in Quebec to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Pierce, DL, Minnesota Vikings
Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots
Chung became the sixth Patriots player to opt out of the season. The 12-year veteran had expressed concerns on social media earlier in July about being able to play and adhere to social distancing.
Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots
Hightower, 30, is not high risk himself, but has a newborn baby boy and a mother with Type 2 diabetes. He was set to earn a base salary of $8 million, which will now toll to the 2021 season.
Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots
Marcus Cannon, OT, New England Patriots]
Cannon, 32, is a cancer survivor – who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma before the 2011 NFL Draft. The veteran tackle is considered a high risk candidate and will receive $350,000 this season.
Danny Vitale, FB, New England Patriots
Najee Toran, G, New England Patriots
Cole Wick, TE, New Orleans Saints
Nate Solder, OL, New York Giants
Solder, a cancer survivor, announced that he was opting out of the season on Wednesday. Not only is Solder a cancer survivor and deemed high risk for COVID, but his son is also a cancer survivor and he and his wife welcomed another baby boy back in the spring.
Leo Koloamatangi, OL, New York Jets
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Goodwin informed the team on Tuesday that he was opting out due to health concerns. The 29-year-old wide receiver just had a newborn baby girl five months ago after three previous miscarriages.
Chance Warmack, OL, Seattle Seahawks
Anthony McKinney, OL, Tennessee Titans
Caleb Brantley, DE, Washington