Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in his announcement said: “Being at the front line during this offseason has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system. I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus to our communities simply to play the sport I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”
The opt-out rules of the NFL are very simple. Players are free to make a choice to not play in 2020, as per multiple reports, the contracts for all players who opt-out will toll to 2021.
NFL players who wish to opt-out for 2020 will receive their salary advances. The ones who opt out due to medical reasons because they might be at high risk citing the COVID-19 will receive $350,000 for the season, and the ones who opt out voluntarily will receive $150,000 for the season.
The given below list consists of the names of players who have decided to do opt-out.
List of NFL players opting out of 2020 season
(The given below list is compiled from various media reports.)
- Andre Smith, OT
- De’Anthony Thomas, WR
- Star Lotulelei, DT
- Jordan Mack, LB
- Isaiah Prince, OT
- Josh Tupou, DT
- Eddie Goldman, DT
- Drew Forbes, G
- Drake Dorbeck, OT
- Stephen Guidry, WR
- Maurice Canady, CB
- Kyle Peko, DT
- John Atkins, DT
Green Bay Packers
- Devin Funchess, WR
- Eddie Vanderdoes, DT
Kansas City Chiefs
- Damien Williams, RB
- Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, G
Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
- Chandler Brewer, OT
- Al Woods, DT
- Michael Pierce, DT
New England Patriots
- Marqise Lee, WR
- Patrick Chung, S
- Dont’a Hightower, LB
- Brandon Bolden, RB
- Marcus Cannon, OT
- Danny Vitale, FB
- Najee Toran, OL
New Orleans Saints
- Cole Wick, TE
- Jason Vander Laan, TE
New York Giants
- Nate Solder, LT
New York Jets
- Leo Koloamatangi, OL
- Marquise Goodwin, WR
San Francisco 49ers
- Chance Warmack, G
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Anthony McKinney, OL
Washington Football Team
- Caleb Brantley, DL
- Larry Warford, G
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