People are trying to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen masses of graveyards of persons who succumbed to the deadly virus. Contingency plans are being established to curb the spread of coronavirus, especially in the world of professional sports.
Different leagues have succeeded with their COVID-19 response measures while others are in the processes. In particular, the MLB had an outbreak on their teams after the beginning of their season despite having in place a contingency plan amid coronavirus concerns.
With NFL training camps opening, players individually have a difficult decision to make; to opt-out or prepare for the 2020 season.
After the NFL Players Association and the league, good news for the players reached an agreement that allowed the players to sit out of the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal exempts the players from participating in the 2020 season if they wish too, and their contracts will toll to the next year.
The players have until August 3 to opt-out of the season, and once they choose to opt-out, that decision is final, and they won’t be allowed to return. Players with preexisting conditions who qualify as a high-risk opt-out can get a $350000 stipend that will not count against future earnings. And those who voluntarily opt-out for non-medical reasons will receive $150000 as a salary advance on their existing contracts, with undrafted rookies getting nothing.
Here are some of the NFL players who have opted out:
- Defensive end Caleb Brantley from the Washington Football Team has opted out as a high-risk granting him $350000 stipend.
- Offensive lineman Anthony McKinney is an undrafted rookie from the Tennessee Titans who have opted out, but unfortunately, he isn’t eligible for the $150000 opt-out stipend.
- Return specialist and wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas from the Baltimore Ravens voluntarily opted-out following the team, decided to put him on the reserve list.
- Nose tackle Eddie Goldman from the Chicago Bears opted-out voluntarily, which grants him a $150000 stipend.
- Defense tackle Michael Pierce from the Minnesota Vikings opted out voluntarily granting himself a $150000 stipend.
- Cornerback Maurice Canady from the Dallas Cowboys opted out too voluntarily.
- Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from the Kansas City Chiefs is the first graduate doctor in the NFL, and he was the first NFL player to opt-out.
- Nose tackle Lotulelei from the Buffalo Bills opted-out as a high-risk who has a heart condition record that grants him $350000 stipend.
- Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes from the Houston Texans also opted-out voluntarily granting him a $150000 stipend.
- Linebacker Dont’ a Hightower, Right tackle Marcus Cannon, running back Brandon Bolden, Safety Patrick Chung, Offensive lineman Najee Toran, and Fullback Danny Vitale. All of them from the New England Patriots have opted-out with the 2020 season making the team with most players who have decided to sit out this season.
- Offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from the New York Jets opted-out voluntarily granting him $150000
- Receiver Marquise Goodwin from the Philadelphia Eagles opted-out voluntarily granting him $150000
- Guard Chance Warmack from the Seattle Seahawks opted-out voluntarily that grants him $150000
- Tight end Cole Wick from the New Orleans Saints opted-out voluntarily that grants him $150000
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.