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.”