Devin McCourty: “BS” that the league wants to change opt-out deadline

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The NFL reportedly wants to change the deadline for opting out from seven days after the revised CBA is finalized (it still hasn’t been signed) to Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty doesn’t like that possibility one bit.

“It’s an absolute joke that the NFL is changing the opt-out period, mainly because they don’t want to continue to see guys opt out,” McCourty told reporters. “I’m sure they’re shocked about how many guys have opted out. But it’s the same thing when we sign the CBA, sometimes some of those things that we think are good, sometimes backfire. You know, we have rookies who are locked in long-term contracts and tagged and tagged. You guys don’t think we would love to change that about the CBA? But we can’t. That’s the point of signing an agreement.

“So I think it’s terrible. I think it’s BS that the league [wants to change] that date.”

The date hasn’t changed yet. As noted earlier in the day, teams believe some players on the roster bubble are opting out and taking the stipend, and that other players are using the possibility of opting out as leverage to get more money.

Regardless, and as McCourty (who has seen eight of his teammates opt out already) observes, the deal is the deal. If the NFL wanted the deadline to be a specific date and not seven days after the revised CBA is signed, that’s what the NFL should have asked for. And if the NFL wanted to get the window for opt outs closed as quickly as possible, it should have done whatever had to be done to get the deal signed.

44 responses to “Devin McCourty: “BS” that the league wants to change opt-out deadline

  1. slimglynn says:
    August 2, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    I think it’s BS the amount of these guys make playing a game.
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    if it upsets you so much, you may want to opt out of watching the NFL, MLB, NBA etc… that’s what these guys get paid to do.

  2. Sure are a lot of folks mad that pro athletes make a lot of money. Maybe these people need to pull their boot straps or whatever

  3. No..it is BS that you need an opt out deadline. The guidelines are in place, opt out if you want to, that’s fine. Frankly, if you opt out you shouldn’t get paid. I can’t freaking ‘opt out’…it is a decision you have to make based upon your employment options. I will respect it either way but there are far too many people in this country that can’t even ‘OPT IN’ so they can receive a miniscule paycheck. Get over it.

  4. I think it’s BS that you think it’s BS the amount of money these guys make playing a game.

  5. slimglynn says:
    August 2, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I think it’s BS the amount of these guys make playing a game.
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    So you are opposed to free market capitalism?

  6. It’s BS that there is even a deadline for opting out. No one knows what COVID-19 will be like in four months. Honestly I think it’s lame they’re even trying to play and put on a facade of normalcy. Human lives aren’t worth jeapordizing for our entertainment. With the way we’ve dealt with COVID-19, we have no business having sports right now.

  7. i have no idea about the opt outs.

    What i do know is that this will give more udfa a chance that with the smaller rosters would have inhibited.

    mor udfa stars may emerge and have incredible seasons and the opt outs may find themselves out of jobs next year.

    just an observation

  8. I don’t know if it’s “BS” or not that they want to change the date, because I’m not sure how much changing the date will matter. Players have had ample time to consider the situation, and I’m not sure moving the deadline will change the players thoughts on the pandemic.

    And BTW, if the NFL thinks its some kind of horrible, bad faith decision for players unsure if they can make a team to take the cash and sit at home, don’t give them that option. Get better lawyers and negotiators. The NFL let the door open, and players are stepping through. Don’t complain about it.

  9. “No..it is BS that you need an opt out deadline. The guidelines are in place, opt out if you want to, that’s fine. Frankly, if you opt out you shouldn’t get paid. I can’t freaking ‘opt out’…it is a decision you have to make based upon your employment options. I will respect it either way but there are far too many people in this country that can’t even ‘OPT IN’ so they can receive a miniscule paycheck. Get over it.”

    They have a CBA that says otherwise. I’m sorry you don’t have that option, but they do, whether it’s fair or not. If you had that option, to sit at home and get some fraction of your normal pay, you’d think about it, because you’d be dumb not to. Pro athletes live in a different world than anyone posting comments on this site. Take it with a grain of salt.

  10. This is exactly why they should have had ONE preseason game. Let the players, coaches, staff, and the league see how everything progresses and what will even work and not work. Make the opt out period the day after that one preseason game. That gives everyone the opportunity to have all of the information available, including how traveling would be, etc.

  11. I’m so sick and tired of reading about these whining millionaires that play a sport complaining.
    You are making it so fans will not even care about watching the games, paying for merchandise, tickets to games etc and eventually you will have less salary caps and you will make less money.
    Mark Cuban many years ago said the NFL was in trouble and its coming to fruition.
    These spoiled players need a wake-up call!

  12. Lucky they can opt out and still get paid….rest of the world opts out and starves to death

  13. He is right. This decision has major health and financial implications for each player. The players should be allowed to make that decision free from an arbitrary deadline imposed by the owners — particularly as the owners are now attempting to renegotiate the deal by jamming that faux deadline down the players throats.

  14. I don’t know why the League is getting their panties in a bunch about the opt-out window for. They have scads of business and legal people who negotiated the deal. If they didn’t understand what they were agreeing to, then they’re the ones who are being paid way too much.

  15. TRY and remember Devon this league is made up of 32 very success business owners. They didn’t make and keep their millions/billions by being stupid. If something doesn’t benefit them, they change it.

  16. OK, NFLPA DO IT “sign it” AGREE TO IT,
    THEN THE NFL”owners” can watch a FIRESTORM of players opt out.
    you think the California wildfires get big?

    YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET

  17. I liked it better when the Patriots players never really said much except cliches. Personally, I don’t care about anything but how they perform on the field.

  18. The common flu kills more people worldwide than Covid 19 does. Where’s the panic for that?

  19. tubborndata says:
    August 2, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    Sure are a lot of folks mad that pro athletes make a lot of money. Maybe these people need to pull their boot straps or whatever
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    Personally, I am not mad they make a lot of money, it is irritating they make a lot of money and still complain….

  20. Leave it to Goodell to change the rules and cheat and morons acts like it’s normal to do thede things.

  21. remizak says:
    August 2, 2020 at 6:07 pm
    I don’t know why the League is getting their panties in a bunch about the opt-out window for. They have scads of business and legal people who negotiated the deal. If they didn’t understand what they were agreeing to, then they’re the ones who are being paid way too much.

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    cause the owners are turds

  22. If you had a contract with your employer and they wanted to alter it without your consent you wouldn’t like it either. Doesn’t matter how much you make.

  23. How many of the NFL fans complaining about “whining millionaires” plan to vote for the “whining billionaire” for president?

    I guess it’s not the whining or the millions that really bothers them.

  24. I wonder what the league will do if multiple superstar QB’s opted out (Lamar, Mahomes, Brady, Rodgers, Wilson)

  25. If the Patriots lose the McCourty brothers on top of the other huge loses to defense they will be lucky to be a 6 win team.

  26. The guys complaining that athletes are overpaid are the same guys who rail against socialism. It’s bizarre.

  27. Yes Devin, it’s BS. Only seeing it for two weeks as a proposal and then having another two weeks to decide. A month is just not enough time. Right?

  28. Count me as a NE fan who is tired of McCourty running his mouth. Who cares what you think, if you don’t want to play then don’t. You aren’t that good…. you are certainly no Rodney Harrison pal.

  29. slimglynn says:
    August 2, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I think it’s BS the amount of these guys make playing a game.

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    Sounds like you should fill out an application and try to get a job on one of the rosters. Skill positions usually pay the most, so that’s probably one of the spots you want to indicate interest in.

  30. Just shut the season down already. The game is not what it use to be anyway. I do not care about it as much as I use to. RB’S use to be something now they are pass blockers. Just not the same.

  31. Sounds to me it is up to the individual players to play or opt out. So play ball with who ya got!!

  32. Waaaaah,imagine that… The NFL actually wants their employees to show up to work. Oh the horror.

  33. jac1216 says:
    August 2, 2020 at 8:51 pm
    Just shut the season down already. The game is not what it use to be anyway. I do not care about it as much as I use to. RB’S use to be something now they are pass blockers. Just not the same
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    yep pass blockers or a backfield receiver

  34. slimglynn says:
    August 2, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    I think it’s BS the amount of these guys make playing a game.

    204 195 Rate This
    Fully agree the military personnel should be making that money

  35. I think it’s BS when players don’t honor their contracts that are in the CBA that they signed. So what’s the difference ? Such greedy players.

  36. Let all the players “opt out”.There will be a line of other players waiting to play.Everyone on this thread will jump on this and say”who wants to see replacement players?I am not goin to watch that BS!
    And most of of you are lying!People will still watch,fantasy football will still go on,Bets will be placed and we will root for the same teams.
    Owners know this and players still have not figured this out.It is the game and team we follow.Sure we love players but they come and go.

  37. Poop or get off the pot Devin. Opt out or dont opt out. You dont need to wait until the last possible moment to figure out whether or not COVID is bad for you.

  38. thetomahawk says:
    August 3, 2020 at 8:49 am
    Let all the players “opt out”.There will be a line of other players waiting to play.Everyone on this thread will jump on this and say”who wants to see replacement players?I am not goin to watch that BS!
    And most of of you are lying!People will still watch,fantasy football will still go on,Bets will be placed and we will root for the same teams.
    Owners know this and players still have not figured this out.It is the game and team we follow.Sure we love players but they come and go.

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    Did you watch the XFL and that other league? That was “replacement” players. No one watched it. So, no one will watch if there is a mass exodus of players opting out.

  39. players should opt out now or decide to stay and play now…. can’t have it both ways. Mkae a decision..

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