COVID-19 opt-out list

COVID-19 opt-out list
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We’re keeping a running list of the players who choose to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All players who have opted out are listed below:

Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Ravens kick returner De’Anthony Thomas.

Seahawks offensive lineman Chance Warmack.

Cowboys cornerback Maurice Canady.

Patriots fullback Danny Vitale.

Washington defenive lineman Caleb Brantley.

Patriots guard Najee Toran.

Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon.

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

Patriots running back Brandon Bolden.

Ravens offensive lineman Andre Smith.

Cowboys wide receiver Stephen Guidry.

Texans defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.

Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko.

Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman.

Titans offensive lineman Anthony McKinney.

Saints tight end Cole Wick.

Saints tight end Jason Vander Laan.

Patriots safety Patrick Chung.

Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.

Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce.

Eagles wide receiver Marquise Goodwin.

Jets offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi.

Panthers linebacker Jordan Mack.

Packers receiver Devin Funchess.

Giants left tackle Nate Solder.

Browns guard Drew Forbes.

Browns tackle Drake Dorbeck.

Lions defensive tackle John Atkins.

Chiefs running back Damien Williams.

Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou.

Bengals offensive tackle Isaiah Prince.

Jaguars defensive tackle Al Woods.

Rams tackle Chandler Brewer.

Patriots receiver Marqise Lee.

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Jaguars linebacker/defensive end Lerentee McCray.

Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines.

Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse.

Giants wide receiver Da’Mari Scott.

Cowboys fullback Jamize Olawale.

Lions wide receiver Geronimo Allison.

Panthers linebacker Christian Miller.

Broncos tackle Ja’Wuan James.

Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons.

Bears safety Jordan Lucas.

Raiders defensive back D.J. Killings.

Raiders defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga.

Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings.

Colts linebacker Skai Moore.

Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns.

Cardinals tackle Marcus Gilbert.

Raiders linebacker Ukeme Eligwe.

Browns offensive guard Colby Gossett.

49ers wide receiver Travis Benjamin.

Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson.

Colts defensive back Rolan Milligan.

Colts defensive back Marvell Tell.

Giants cornerback Sam Beal.

Lions center Russell Bodine.

Chiefs tackle Lucas Niang.

Buccaneers tackle Brad Seaton.

Jaguars cornerback Rashaan Melvin.

Browns guard Malcolm Pridgeon.

49ers tackle Shon Coleman.

Jets wide receiver Josh Doctson.

49ers center Jake Brendel.

27 responses to “COVID-19 opt-out list

  1. As predicted, you will see mass retirings, not only opt-outs, but retirings now and in the next year. Guys who already made their money, will be done by age 30, and the league will get even younger than the last trend.

    The market will then be flooded with 28 or 29 year olds a la 1995 looking for one last payday, and it’s who has the cap space and to show their team is in the best position with continuity and a chance to win the SB in 2021, not 2020.

    These are the first of MANY big names all throughout the league.

    BB didn’t plan the pandemic (lmao), but boy was he prepared after seeing the bulge of the league reach its peak, starting with the bloated QB pricing. The master.

    Certainly, a coincidence, but 2021 will bring the return of the NFL and there will be a lot of unprepared teams with their continuity and rebuilds.

  2. Surprised the list ain’t longer by now. I’m sure it will get much worse as the days and weeks pass.

  3. I absolutely don’t blame anyone who chooses to opt-out, but logically I wonder might they actually be safer in the NFL with the daily testing and being around others who are all being tested daily? As opposed to being out in the “real world” not knowing who they are being exposed to. Unless they are completely self-bubbling at home 24/7 they will be at risk. Just my 2 cents…

  4. Between those who choose to opt-out and those who will catch it, why are they even trying to bother having a season. All it takes is one person to get it and pass it to everyone on the field decimating both teams. Let’s face it, the tests are unreliable. It’s quite possibly we could see games in the first month with people who weren’t even on the 90-man roster this year. It’ll be like the replacement games. The winner could be the team with the fewest players testing positive. I’m still not sure that would help teams like the Browns, Bengals, Jags and Falcons.

  5. Just making room for another guy to take advantage. These guys sitting out a year will regret it. I know, personally, if I had the choice to play ball I would not risk letting someone steal my job from me. Help us all keep the economy getting back to normal – opting out seems odd to do. We are all working amongst it.

  6. whatjusthapped says:
    July 28, 2020 at 9:44 am
    Fully half are Patriots,what does that tell you?

    9 5 Rate This


    Highest IQ players in the league play in NE. They don’t employ mouthbreathers.

  7. 5 Patriot players (so far) opt out.
    Probably envision an epic losing season and don’t want to suffer through it.

  8. johnnycantread says:
    July 28, 2020 at 10:14 am
    5 Patriot players (so far) opt out.
    Probably envision an epic losing season and don’t want to suffer through it.
    Tanking for Lawrence

  9. A lot of these are understandable. The Chiefs OL is a doctor workign in canada. Marcus Canon is a cancer survivor and Kyle Pekos wife is a cancer survivor if I remember correctly.

    Bills OG Jon Feliciano also made a solid point on twitter, if the season gets cancelled, ANY player with a lot of guaranteed money would lose it, whereas opting out ensures they still make that. Beli is likely playing the situation by helping his players make a sound financial decision…that also gets him a high draft pick. The patriots are smart and know the odds the season actually goes on. With all the opt outs, they lose nothing if the season gets canned and likely gain draft spots if it goes on.

  10. I was thinking they are old and susceptible. Just kidding. If i were high risk, I would do the same. Just a matter of time.

  11. A lot of the guys on the list are ‘high-risk’ so it’s understandable they would opt-out, because if they got the virus it could be much worse for them. Who knows how many more high-risk players are out there who may opt-out as well.

  12. Tough call – for every guy opting out, there are probably 10 other guys trying to make a roster willing to take the risk, and for every one of those newcomers that does make a roster because of someone who opted out, it will be that much of a tougher road for those that did opt out to reclaim their roster spots next year.

  13. touchback6 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Highest IQ players in the league play in NE. They don’t employ mouthbreathers.
    Like……Aaron Hernandez?

  14. Wait for it…..any day now DirecTV will try to promo spin their annual price increase for Sunday Ticket! It’s like the changing seasons. I’ll be cancelling this year regardless since being an inaugural subscriber. I’m actually looking forward to hearing the AT&T phone rep in India try to dissuade me by reading off in so-so English the list of all the benefits I’ll be missing for my annual season ticket price.

  15. Who ever said undrafted rookies were losing out because of a lack of pre-season games?

  16. Add me to the list too. Theres no way i’m watching football this year with this blm crap.
    Of course after probably 60 years watching i’ll have to turn in for a couple of games but they won’t get a dime from me, and i won’t renew my sports package either. I’m done with pro sports. i’m opting out

  17. whatjusthapped says:
    July 28, 2020 at 9:44 am
    Fully half are Patriots,what does that tell you?


    That people who play on the same team talk each other.

  18. Fully half are Patriots,what does that tell you?


    That the team knows they’re doomed without Tommy Boy and more cheating.

  19. Funny to see Patriots fans commenting on here like they won something because their players are opting out.

  20. You also have to wonder how many of these players were in danger of being released or cut and doing this so they are guaranteed a paycheck.
    If you are cut or released right now it would be very difficult to try out for another team with the very limited organized activities and very limited meeting and practice.
    So you assure yourself a check this season and then worry about paying it back down the road.
    The NFL teams have some of the very best and most advanced medical professionals and equipment on hand. If you are a healthy athlete you will have flu like symptoms for a short time and that’s it.
    You are giving up your entire season on something that quite frankly is a scare tactic. Yes it is serious, but if you look at the stats the chances of death for a healthy athlete is miniscule.
    There are how many players, coaches, team staff per team times the number of teams? And these 40 players think they are in “danger”
    Come on man

  21. Can you guys sort this by team? I’m really curious if there is a pattern by team such as certain positions or bubble players.

  22. chiefs only have three, biggest name is damien williams and they should be ok there with the new rookie.
    im guessing superbowl odds in vegas are changing?

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