2021 opt out deadline arrives today

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The window closes at 4:00 p.m. ET. No one has passed through it yet, and there’s no indication that anyone will.

The negotiated deadline for opting out arrives today. Any player who signed his latest contract before October 1, 2020 may opt out for the season. (In theory, any unsigned draft pick may opt out, too, by simply refusing to sign his contract.)

There have been no rumblings that any player is seriously considering it. Once activated, it’s irrevocable for 2021. That’s one of the main reasons why Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t expected to do it, despite the significant financial benefits he would realize by doing so.

Others have suggested that perhaps Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will opt out. That’s highly unlikely as well.

One potential source of opt outs could be players who have no desire to be vaccinated and no desire to live under 2020 rules while the vaccinated players are working like it’s 2019. Bills receiver Cole Beasley, for example, could press pause on his career for a year, if he’s as miffed as he claimed to be in recent weeks about the situation.

For players who opted out for 2020 or who have been diagnosed with a higher-risk condition since October 1, a $350,000 stipend is available. Any other player who opts out gets nothing this year, other than payments that already have been earned. For all opt outs, their contracts would simply toll for a year.

It will be a shock if anyone chooses to do it. By the end of the day, we’ll know whether anyone has done it.

18 responses to “2021 opt out deadline arrives today

  1. AR is not going to opt out. He is not going to boycott training camp.

    What AR is going to do is play this season for the Packers as he has the past 16 seasons. Whatever his issues are, if any, will be resolved by the time training camp begins. In the meantime, AR will continue to thoroughly enjoy trolling all of the people who believe that he will do otherwise.

  2. Rodgers should get traded since his value has peaked and he is past his prime!

  3. Please, Aaron, OPT OUT so we cal all be done with you for a while. And after that for a long while.

  4. Lots of fans of other teams hoping AR opts out and doesn’t play for the Packers this season. Wishful thinking.

  5. “Rodgers should get traded since his value has peaked and he is past his prime!”

    Funny how people make these ludicrous comments as if they are somehow valid.

    He was MVP last year and 7th in the league in passing with 4299 yards, 70.7% completion rate, 48 TDs to only 5 INTs and a rating of 121.5 the highest in the league over the season.

    But sure, he’s “past his prime” SMH

  6. Wish we could get some that horrific Packer defense to upgrade our squad in Minnesota.

    Why would Rodgers opt out of the division with the softest opponents in the league???

  7. Kirk Cousins will continue to opt out of most games on the big stage.

  8. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    July 2, 2021 at 9:47 am
    I wonder if Rogers is going too opt out
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    What team? I don’t recognize the name.

  9. Well, Aaron didn’t opt out. Shocker😌

    See ya July 27th. That’s my quarterback..🤙

  10. Press paus eon ones career = shorten ones career by at least a year and make a lot less money.

    There is a vaccine now, it would be foolish to opt out.

  11. My Aaron Rodgers 2005 Playoff Contenders rookie card just went up in value again.

    This card is crazy rare now. It’s crazy value as well.

    Autographed & framed Aaron Rodgers game used jersey is another gem rising in value.👍

    GoPackGo!✊

  12. The ongoing D. Watson hostage situation of the Houston Texans worse than anything O’Brien ever did to them. By not manning up and opting out he showed who he really is.

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