Report: Players will get stipend if they opt out of 2020 season

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The agreement between the NFL and NFLPA includes a two-tiered opt out for players.

One opt out is a medical designation for high-risk players, and another is voluntary, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

Players have until Aug. 3 to opt out.

The opt out is irrevocable, and players in either plan will receive a stipend. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that those NFL players considered high risk to COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if choose to opt out of the 2020 season. Players without risk can earn $150,000 for opt-out with no accrued season.

Either way, the contract tolls.

Fowler reports that “many players asked a lot questions related to opt outs on union conference calls” and quoted a source as saying, “A lot of guys don’t want to play.”

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and Buccaneers offensive tackle Donovan Smith are among those who have said publicly they are considering whether to play.

18 responses to “Report: Players will get stipend if they opt out of 2020 season

  1. Why? If money is the issue and you have guys who don’t want to come to work then why should they get anything?

  2. So, if a player makes 15mil a year he can say he doesn’t want to play and get paid his salary ???
    probably 1/16 – maybe

  3. Wait, I thought this was all about their health. Now it seems it’s all about money. I’m sure a lot of guys don’t want to play but still get paid. It must be nice to live in their world. Something tells me these guys will take the risk if they are told they won’t be paid unless they play.

  4. 95% of the league will get filled in by “next man up”. If I had the skills to be in the big time, I wouldn’t risk someone taking my spot for anything.

  5. Year accrued? Is that for health-risk and simple opt out?
    Is that year accrued for their contract or just for determining veteran’s minimum salary?

    Can Jamaal Adams opt-out and get him one year closer to the end of his contract?

  6. doggz109 says:
    July 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    And where is the opt out money for essential workers who risk their lives daily?

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    Someone actually thumbs down that, how pathetic!

  7. mysterytonite says: “Why? If money is the issue and you have guys who don’t want to come to work then why should they get anything?”
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    Um, what? They get a measly $150,000 stipend, WHICH MEANS IT GETS DEDUCTED FROM THEIR 2021 SALARY.

    It’s not free money people – it comes off of their next year’s contract.

  8. whenwilliteverend says: “Wait, I thought this was all about their health. Now it seems it’s all about money. I’m sure a lot of guys don’t want to play but still get paid. It must be nice to live in their world.”
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    You do know life is NOT just either/or situation, right? There are 50+ reasons why I married my wife, it’s not just one reason only. Same with the union of 1700 players, each with their own level of concerns that the NFLPA needs to address.

    As for the money, they’re NOT GETTING PAID if they opt out. The get $150,000 STIPEND that gets deducted from their 2021 salary. At most, these players are only getting a $150k cash advance loan.

  9. Why should you get paid anything if you don’t play? Essential workers are not getting this option. If you don’t want to play because of health or other reasons, that’s fine, you don’t get paid. Odds are most of these athletes in their shape probably don’t have anything to worry about.

  10. akira1971 says:
    July 24, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Um, what? They get a measly $150,000 stipend, WHICH MEANS IT GETS DEDUCTED FROM THEIR 2021 SALARY.

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    Where did you get that information? I haven’t yet seen that anywhere besides your comments.

  11. NFL,MLB,NBA,ECT. WHAT A JOKE!!! WHO NEEDS TO WASTE TIME LOOKING AT LACKLUSTER UNDER PERFORMING OVERPAID YAHOO’S!!! WE HAVE BECOME COMPLACENT AT THIS POINT WITHOUT SPORTS SO WHY NOT CONTINUE THE TREND SAVE YOUR MONEY WHY SPEND YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY OR I SHOULD GIVE IT TO THESE CLOWNS WHEN YOU CAN ENTERTAIN YOUR OWN FAMILY WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AND OUTINGS. GO OUT AND BUY REC QUADS OTHER TOYS FOR THE FAMILY FOR NEVER ENDING FUN AND REAL MEMORIES.
    THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE WHO IS MORE IMPORTANT THEM OR YOUR FAMILY?

  12. kevpft says: “Where did you get that information? I haven’t yet seen that anywhere besides your comments.”
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    Every news report says this. 98% of the fake outrage comments would disappear.

    – Nfl Network Tom Pelissero: “Voluntary opt-outs will receive a $150,000 salary ADVANCE and their contract will toll as well.”

    – Boston Globe Ben Violin: “For those who simply don’t want to take the risk this year, they can opt out and receive a $150,000 stipend. Their contract will toll, and the $150,000 will come out of their contract in 2021”

  13. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that those NFL players considered high risk to COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if choose to opt out of the 2020 season. Players without risk can earn $150,000 for opt-out with no accrued season.
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    How about an explaination as to how the NFL figures out who is “high risk” and who is “without risk” as I don’t think there’s such a thing as “without risk”, maybe there’s a few that are at “less risk” like a punter or kicker but none are “without risk”!

  14. profootballtruther says:
    July 24, 2020 at 6:47 pm
    Wish I could opt out and triple my salary
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    Exactly who is tripling their salary with $150K or $350K since the league minimum is $500K?

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