NFL allows for “changed circumstances” opt outs after Thursday

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The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed that players will have the ability to opt out of the 2020 season through Thursday, August 6, at 4:00 p.m. ET. After that, players may opt out under only limited circumstances.

According to the document outlining the final opt-out procedures, a copy of which PFT has obtained, a player may opt out after August 6 if he he receives a new diagnosis that he suffers from one of the “Higher Risk” factors. If that occurs, the player will have one week after receiving the new diagnosis to opt out.

Also, if a player has a family member die or become hospitalized due to COVID-19 after August 6, the player will be eligible at that point to opt out.

Beyond those two categories, players can’t opt out after August 6. Technically, they can still retire and un-retire; however, some players may have to refund teams for unearned signing bonus payments.

Ideally, players would have two more limited windows to decide whether to opt out: (1) after padded practices begin; and (2) after games begin. That’s when all players will have a chance to see whether they feel safe and comfortable playing 11-on-11 football in a pandemic, and that’s why they all should get extra opportunities to tap out.

19 responses to “NFL allows for “changed circumstances” opt outs after Thursday

  1. After a padded practice the players will “See whether they feel safe….” are you kidding me?

  2. No, sorry you weigh the pros and cons of playing and if your unsure you dont play. Most things in life your not able to try and then decide on and this should be no difference.

  3. Lets make it simpler. If the Turk approaches you and tells you to bring your playbook – it’s time to opt out.

  4. Yeah I actually think this is a very reasonable opt out procedure.

    To be clear, nothing forces a player to play – its just whether or not their contact is protected, and whether they have to pay back signing bonus or other guaranteed monies.

    At this point, a lost football season is WAY more catastrophic to most non-marquee players than ownership.

    Ownership owns football. Indefinitely. Most players have a 3-5 year career at best.

    End game, there needs to be a cut-off for opting out if there is to be a functional season. If players don’t want a functional season, then there wont be one, but a lot of players stand to lose money and careers/jobs if everything punts / tolls to 2021.

    So, this is a fair procedure. If you have real, NEW Covid 19 concerns sure. But beyond that, this need to be how it is.

  5. flaccotoboldin says:
    August 4, 2020 at 10:41 am
    Yeah I actually think this is a very reasonable opt out procedure.

    To be clear, nothing forces a player to play – its just whether or not their contact is protected, and whether they have to pay back signing bonus or other guaranteed monies.

    At this point, a lost football season is WAY more catastrophic to most non-marquee players than ownership.

    Ownership owns football. Indefinitely. Most players have a 3-5 year career at best.

    End game, there needs to be a cut-off for opting out if there is to be a functional season. If players don’t want a functional season, then there wont be one, but a lot of players stand to lose money and careers/jobs if everything punts / tolls to 2021.

    So, this is a fair procedure. If you have real, NEW Covid 19 concerns sure. But beyond that, this need to be how it is.

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    So billinionaire oligarch Trump voters can’t delay the season by 8 months until there is a crack at a possible workable vaccine? I realize any vaccine that comes out may not work, can we at least admit without a vaccine, this sport is going to be in jeopardy?

  6. The only people who never changes their minds are those who don’t have one, kind of like those who still think “it’s a hoax”. If the protocols installed are ineffective and the league insists on continuing the season, everyone should be allowed to opt out. The failure of the protocols would be the change of circumstances. It’s one thing to climb a ladder wearing an untested safety harness, it’s another to climb wearing one proven to be defective.

  7. i suspect that the lower 2/3 of most rosters want and need the season to be . they are the one’s with the shortest careers.

    The big money players might be ambivelent.

    I suspect Tom Brady WANTS a season. Money is not why he plays

  8. Yeah, that’s right. Let’s just ignore the virus and our schools and go play some games. Have any of you donated to or even actually seen the lines at food banks in your cities? A serious adjustment of priorities is in order.

  9. Well that’s awfully magnanimous of the NFL

    “Most things in life your [sic] not able to try and then decide on”

    You’ve never test-driven a car? Signed up for a one-week trial of a premium movie channel? Taken a bite of someone else’s food before deciding if you’d like to order a plate for yourself? I’m not sure where you’re getting this statement from

    “So billinionaire oligarch Trump voters can’t delay the season by 8 months until there is a crack at a possible workable vaccine? I realize any vaccine that comes out may not work, can we at least admit without a vaccine, this sport is going to be in jeopardy?“

    So many unfounded assumptions, so little time. Actually, scratch that, I’ve got plenty of time, I just don’t feel like entertaining these questions, inasmuch as I have no desire to validate them. If someone else wants to have at them, then by all means

  10. Hey man, my political leanings are all for punting stuff until their is a vaccine.

    THAT SAID, football can’t get punted that long without losing the revenue. So the question is just about informed consent, and whether or not football players makings millions want to take the risk.

    If they don’t want to, that fine, and if enough opt out there won’t be a season.

    But for some guys, this will be a career ender.

    If you’re 4th round draft pick special teamer on year 2 or 3 of your rookie deal, and everything tolls / punts, then a WHOLE new crop of college players comes it, this entire situation might be the different between a breakout year in 2020 if you crack offensive / defensive snaps, or being on the special teams bubble competing against younger cheaper players in 2021.

  11. touchback6 says:
    August 4, 2020 at 11:38 am

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    So billinionaire oligarch Trump voters can’t delay the season by 8 months until there is a crack at a possible workable vaccine? I realize any vaccine that comes out may not work, can we at least admit without a vaccine, this sport is going to be in jeopardy?
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    Political stuff aside, if a workable vaccine is available in 8 months, young, healthy athletes- basically entertainers, would be way, way down the priority list for receiving one.

    So really based upon your plan, you coukd be talking about two cancelled seasons- not just 8 months delay.

  12. Ideally, players would have two more limited windows to decide whether to opt out:

    (1) after padded practices begin;
    …or realize they are on the bubble and likely to get cut so they opt out

    and (2) after games begin.
    … or when teams have cut down their roster and they really mess up the franchise, aka their employer

    No. You opt out now if you are concerned or follow the circumstances the NFL has laid out. They still get paid. There is literally no other profession I can think of that is this accommodating to their employees.

  13. ivotedfornixon says:
    August 4, 2020 at 11:48 am
    i suspect that the lower 2/3 of most rosters want and need the season to be . they are the one’s with the shortest careers.

    The big money players might be ambivelent.

    I suspect Tom Brady WANTS a season. Money is not why he plays

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    Money is tied to ego, though. That’s why BB fired him. His play deteriorated yet he wanted even more money.

  14. Having a tough time getting excited about this season, because the pandemic has been handled so poorly in the US, and I feel like teams may be skeletons of what they should be by the time we reach the playoff schedule, if we do.

  15. Schism Lateralus says:
    August 4, 2020 at 12:50 pm
    touchback6 says:
    August 4, 2020 at 11:38 am

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    So billinionaire oligarch Trump voters can’t delay the season by 8 months until there is a crack at a possible workable vaccine? I realize any vaccine that comes out may not work, can we at least admit without a vaccine, this sport is going to be in jeopardy?
    ‐————–

    Political stuff aside, if a workable vaccine is available in 8 months, young, healthy athletes- basically entertainers, would be way, way down the priority list for receiving one.

    So really based upon your plan, you coukd be talking about two cancelled seasons- not just 8 months delay.

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    With a bubble plan like the nhl
    and nba are successfully doing?

    Keep making excuses for Trump voting owners.

  16. helena says:

    August 4, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Well that’s awfully magnanimous of the NFL

    “Most things in life your [sic] not able to try and then decide on”

    You’ve never test-driven a car? Signed up for a one-week trial of a premium movie channel? Taken a bite of someone else’s food before deciding if you’d like to order a plate for yourself? I’m not sure where you’re getting this statement from

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    Reading comprehension fails you I see. “MOST things in life…” see that word most means majority not all.
    Other than that their allowed to tour facilities,see protocols etc. But going to your comparisons taking from someone else’s plate isnt the same as a company giving it to you, you dont get to take the car home drive it for a few months and decide “nah I dont like this”, and when you sign up you are given a 1 wk free trial not a “let’s start at 1 wk and I’ll decide how long I want it for free trial”.

  17. I really can’t believe the NFL doesn’t know that BLM is not about black lives(and they will tell you that) They are anarchists that want to overthrow the government. The NBA are already puppets of Chinese communist. I hope the NFL doesn’t follow their example.

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