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NFL Players Opting Out of Season Due to Coronavirus Concerns | Tracker

Amid health concerns due to COVID-19, the NFL has allowed players to opt out of the 2020 season, yet still make money. Players deemed to be a high-risk for the virus are guaranteed $350,000 when the opt out, while others get a guaranteed $150,000.

We have seen many players opt out already, with some legitimately concerned about the virus and others wanting to lock down the guaranteed money. Here is a tracker of all NFL players opting out of the 2020 season, with the latest at the top.

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Albert Wilson Dolphins
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NFL Players Opting Out

Aug. 6

Shon Coleman, OT, San Francisco 49ers

Josh Doctson, WR, New York Jets

Malcolm Pridgeon, G, Cleveland Browns

Rashaan Melvin, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Brad Seaton, OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lucas Niang, OT, Kansas City Chiefs

Aug. 5

Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins

Rolan Milligan, S, Indianapolis Colts

Marvell Tell, CB, Indianapolis Colts

Sam Beal, CB, New York Giants

Russell Bodine, C, Detroit Lions

Aug. 4

Travis Benjamin, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Colby Gossett, G, Cleveland Browns

Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Las Vegas Raiders

Marcus Gilbert, OT, Arizona Cardinals

Allen Hurns, WR, Miami Dolphins

Skai Moore, LB, Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Billings, DT, Cleveland Browns

Aug. 3

D.J. Killings, DB, Las Vegas Raiders

Jeremiah Valoaga, DE, Las Vegas Raiders

Jordan Lucas, S, Chicago Bears

Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB, Washington Football Team

Ja’Wuan James, OT, Denver Broncos

Christian Miller, OLB, Carolina Panthers

Aug. 2

Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions

Da’Mari Scott, WR, New York Giants

Jamize Olawale, FB, Dallas Cowboys

Matt LaCosse, TE, New England Patriots

E.J. Gaines, CB, Buffalo Bills

C.J. Mosley Jets
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Aug. 1

Lerentee McCray, DE/LB, Jacksonville Jaguars

C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets

After missing most of last season with injury, C.J. Mosley will opt out for this season. After signing a big contract with the Jets, he will have played just two games in two seasons. While they weren’t going far, this is a big blow to that squad.

Marqise Lee, WR, New England Patriots

July 31

Chandler Brewer, OT, Los Angeles Rams

Al Woods, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars

Isaiah Prince, OT, Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Tupou, DT, Cincinnati Bengals

Damien Williams
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July 29

John Atkins, DT, Detroit Lions

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Good news for the fantasy owners of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs running back Damien Williams has opted out of the 2020 NFL season. Williams was an important part of the Chiefs Super Bowl run, totaling 133 yards and two touchdowns in the big game.

Nate Solder, OT, New York Giants

Dont'a Hightower Patriots
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July 28

Jason Vander Laan, TE, New Orleans Saints

Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers

Devin Funchess had cared for family members that were diagnosed with COVID-19 this offseason. While we are unsure if him opting out has anything to do with this, he will be opting out for this season. Funchess was the Packers’ lone veteran wide receiver addition this offseason, which means the Packers receiving corps is almost back to square one.

Jordan Mack, LB, Carolina Panthers

Jordan Mack is a smart man. The undrafted free agent was not going to make the Panthers roster. So, Mack opting out now ensures he gets guaranteed money for this season.

Leo Koloamatangi, OL, New York Jets

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Pierce, DT, Minnesota Vikings

Star Lotulelei, DT, Buffalo Bills

Eddie Goldman, DT, Chicago Bears

Eddie Goldman has been the anchor of the feared defensive front of the Bears. The former second-round pick totaled 20 defensive stops and two quarterback hits last season. His ability to eat up blockers will be missed by the Chicago pass rushers.

Anthony McKinney, OT, Tennessee Titans

Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots

Patrick Chung, 32, was entering his 12th NFL season. In May, he agreed to a two-year extension, which provided the safety with upfront cash. Now, he will sit out of the 2020 season with other guaranteed cash. Chung totaled 51 tackles and three passes defended last season.

Cole Wick, TE, New Orleans Saints

Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Houston Texans

Kyle Peko, DT, Denver Broncos

Stephen Guidry, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Andre Smith, OT, Baltimore Ravens

Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots

Dont’a Hightower is a playmaker at linebacker for the Patriots. Coming off a Pro Bowl season, the veteran linebacker became a first-time father on July 16 and does not want to risk bringing home the virus. Hightower totaled 71 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hits and four passes defended last season.

Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots

Marcus Cannon
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July 27

Marcus Cannon, OT, New England Patriots

Danny Vitale, FB, New England Patriots

Najee Toran, C/G, New England Patriots

Caleb Brantley, DL, Washington Football Team

Maurice Canady, CB, Dallas Cowboys

Chance Warmack, G, Seattle Seahawks

De’Anthony Thomas, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
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July 24

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, G, Kansas City Chiefs

The big-brained Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season. The offensive guard has been using his PhD to help with the coronavirus outbreak in Quebec, which he is expected to continue doing now that he opted out of the 2020 season.


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