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List of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season

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List of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season
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The NFL and the NFL Players Association on July 24 reached an agreement on opt-out rules for players who don’t wish to be a part of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And only a few hours passed the first NFL player announced he would opt out of the 2020 season.

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.)

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

  • Andre Smith, OT
  • De’Anthony Thomas, WR

Buffalo Bills

  • Star Lotulelei, DT

Carolina Panthers

  • Jordan Mack, LB

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Isaiah Prince, OT
  • Josh Tupou, DT

Chicago Bears

  • Eddie Goldman, DT

Cleveland Browns

  • Drew Forbes, G
  • Drake Dorbeck, OT

Dallas Cowboys

  • Stephen Guidry, WR
  • Maurice Canady, CB

Denver Broncos

  • Kyle Peko, DT

Detroit Lions

  • John Atkins, DT

Green Bay Packers

  • Devin Funchess, WR

Houston Texans

  • Eddie Vanderdoes, DT

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Damien Williams, RB
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, G

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

  • Chandler Brewer, OT

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Al Woods, DT

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

  • 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

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Marquise Goodwin, WR

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

  • Chance Warmack, G

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

  • Anthony McKinney, OL

Washington Football Team

  • Caleb Brantley, DL

Free agents

  • Larry Warford, G
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