NFL moves up Opt-Out Deadline creating room for more players to sit out

NFL moves up Opt-Out Deadline creating room for more players to sit out

The way things are heading following the spiking of the COVID-19 new cases having recorded across the United States and deaths are tallying to nearly 156000 attributed to the coronavirus. A lot of players wish to opt-out of the 2020 season. The deadline was earlier on 3rd August 2020, but the NFL extended it until Thursday on 6th August 2020.

We are witnessing a new norm in professional sports with many leagues opting to end their 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic while other associations are matching on to savage their 2020 season, including the NFL.

It is unclear when things will go back to normal as it used to be, and the question remains whether it is the new way of life, especially having no cure yet.

The COVID-19 has led to many people’s deaths, including athletes of all ages across the world, and the fears keep on arising in the NFL as the training camps continue, with general managers, players, and employees testing positive for the COVID-19.

Recently, the Minnesota Vikings athletic trainer and infection control officer Eric Sugarman tested positive for COVID-19. His family members weren’t spared either by the virus, as they also tested positive for the coronavirus.

The question in people’s heads is whether it is safe to have the 2020 season or postpone it.

Many players are citing major concerns in trusting fellow players and just playing football in the current environment they will be subjected to due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A good example is the six-time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots team, who has the most players who have already opted out of the 2020 season. With the likes of

  • Linebacker Don’ta Hightower
  • Right tackle Marcus Cannon 
  • Running back Brandon Bolden
  • Safety Patrick Chung
  • Offensive lineman Najee Toran
  • Fullback Danny Vitale
  • Wide receiver Marqise Lee
  • Tight end Matt LaCosse

And alarmingly some other Patriots players might opt-out with Jason McCourty and veteran Devin McCourty participation in the 2020 season arising concerns.

Despite having to endure this, the opt-outs have brought good readings for the New England Patriots with over $35 million to spend due to the money re-collected following the players opted out, helping the team with newfound cap space.

With the deadline set for Thursday, it might result in many players opting-out to be safe even without getting the chance to see what conditions are like at the facilities. And that could be catastrophic for the NFL league as they would be playing with a watered-down product.

All the NFL football world can do is wait and see come Thursday, it will be an exciting day to watch for football fans. The question being, will more Patriots opt-out and the total number of players that will opt-out across the 32-teams amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s continue wearing a mask, sanitizing our hands, and keeping a distance while going outside. For its evident, everyone can get it despite the age factor as it can lead to death. 

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.

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