Tracking NFL Players Opting Out The 2020 Season Due To COVID Concerns

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NFL Players Opting Out 2020 Season

Player Team Pos.
Eddie Goldman Bears DT
Star Lotulelei Bills DT
Kyle Peko Broncos DT
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Chiefs G
Stephen Guidry Cowboys WR
Maurice Canady Cowboys CB
Marquise Goodwin Eagles WR
Larry Warford Free Agent G
Leo Koloamatangi Jets OL
Devin Funchess Packers WR
Jordan Mack Panthers LB
Dont’a Hightower Patriots LB
Patrick Chung Patriots S
Marcus Cannon Patriots OT
Danny Vitale Patriots FB
Najee Toran Patriots OL
Brandon Bolden Patriots RB
Andre Smith Ravens OT
De’Anthony Thomas Ravens WR
Jason Vander Laan Saints TE
Cole Wick Saints TE
Chance Warmack Seahawks G
Eddie Vanderdoes Texans DT
Anthony McKinney Titans OT
Michael Pierce Vikings DT
Caleb Brantley Washington DL

Information as of Tuesday night and via teams’ reserve/opt-out lists, ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters and other reputable sources


The list of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-related concerns is already long.

Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out last Friday, but as veterans began reporting to training camps on Tuesday, more began to announce they’re foregoing the 2020 season.

As of Tuesday night, we have the count at 26 players who are opting out.

According to the amended collective bargaining agreement, players will have seven days after the NFL and NFLPA agree to said CBA terms to opt out — that means the deadline is Monday, August 3.

Players who voluntarily opt out will receive a $150,000 stipend that will be treated as a salary advance for 2021, whereas players who qualify as high-risk — such as Washington’s Caleb Brantley — will receive a $350,000 stipend that will not be treated as a salary advance. Undrafted rookie free agents like Panthers linebacker Jordan Mack are not eligible for the voluntary stipend.

Below is a sortable version of the above table, which you can order by player name, team and position.

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