Michael Pierce opts out of 2020 season

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The Vikings signed Michael Pierce to be a big piece of their defensive line this season, but they’ll have to look another direction for help on the line of scrimmage.

NFL Media reported that Pierce has decided to opt out for the 2020 season. He’s the first Vikings player to make that decision and told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that having asthma contributed to his decision.

Pierce signed a three-year deal with the Vikings this offseason and was set to make $3 million in salary during his first year in Minnesota. That will now be his salary for the 2021 season and he’ll receive an $350,000 advance on it as stipend for this season as his respiratory issue puts him in the high-risk category.

Shamar Stephen, Jalyn Holmes, Jaleel Johnson and Armon Watts are among the remaining options on the interior of the defensive line for the Vikings.

18 responses to “Michael Pierce opts out of 2020 season

  1. If a player opts out and his contract gets bumped a year, can a team still cut them next year, or are there any restrictions on that?

  2. And if the intelligent ones opt out while the unintelligent opt in and get sick and the product is watered down even further more well then the lopsided product on the field is that is too obvious to require elaboration.

  3. Can’t blame a big guy with asthma for opting out — he truly is in a high risk category. If there is a season, it will hurt pretty significantly not having him in the middle of the D-line.

  4. packerlies says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:51 pm
    The Vikings gave Cousins a two year extension to sign this guy. Let that sink in!

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    His contract is tolled, Slick – won’t count against this years cap. They can sign any current FA to a 1 yr deal.

  5. Interestingly, a recent analysis which looked at data from more than 1,500 patients, found that Covid-19 patients with asthma were no more likely than patients without asthma to be hospitalized. That’s not to say that there couldn’t be some increased risk, but thus far the data based analysis is not suggesting that.

  6. His contract is tolled, Slick – won’t count against this years cap. They can sign any current FA to a 1 yr deal.

    +++++

    They committed to Captain Kirk for two extra years. So they could win 7 games this season. That aint slick.

    On the bright side, they got a few more dollars to wave at Captain Cook.

  7. If you weight 320 pounds and have asthma, it’s probably a good decision to opt out. I’ll bet the Vikings are regretting that contract they gave him now, though. Any of the potential replacements will probably be more than adequate filling in and now the Vikings are stuck with three more years on Pierce’s contract starting next year. Maybe they use the extra cap space this year to give Dalvin a front-loaded contract that has a low base salary next year when the bottom falls out of the salary cap.

  8. ANother Ravens and now Vikes loss, but there won’t be a season anyway. Might as well opt out now.

  9. Your weight is more of a risk factor than your asthma. If you did a little research, you’d see that.

  10. Wow that troll comment aged well. As within an hour Funchess opts out. Foresight is definitely not a skill of waffle, this will happen with every team.

  11. RMoss84HOF says:
    July 28, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Wow that troll comment aged well. As within an hour Funchess opts out. Foresight is definitely not a skill of waffle, this will happen with every team.
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    My comment hasn’t aged well? Are you serious?
    I stand by my statement.

    But, for a little clarity, I never insinuated the pandemic was never going to touch GB, and I certainly don’t think the worst is over for the Packers.
    I totally respect any player’s decision to opt out of this season.

    But the facts are the facts.
    Four (4) Viking players have already tested positive before their training camp even opens, against zero (0), currently, in Green Bay.
    And Minnesota’s notching twice as many COVID deaths as Wisconsin despite their comparable populations.
    That has to give these players some reason to pause.

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