PFT’s 2020 season predictions

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We’ve waited as long as we could, although we’d like to wait even longer.

This year, unlike any other, will be a crapshoot of prognostication. Who’s good? Who isn’t? Who knows?

The PFT writers have made their picks for the playoffs teams and the playoff tree. Regardless of who wins the Super Bowl, the mere fact that there will be a Super Bowl will be a win for everyone.

The picks appear below. As you’ll see, half of the staff believes the Chiefs will repeat.

Josh Alper
AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Ravens; 3. Titans; 4. Patriots; 5. Steelers; 6. Bills; 7. Colts.

Wild card: Ravens over Colts, Titans over Bills; Steelers over Patriots.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Steelers, Ravens over Titans.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Ravens.

NFC

1. Seahawks; 2. Cowboys; 3. Saints; 4. Packers; 5. Buccaneers; 6. 49ers; 7. Cardinals.

Wild card: Cowboys over Cardinals; 49ers over Saints; Buccaneers over Packers.

Divisional round: Seahawks over 49ers; Buccaneers over Cowboys.

Conference championship: Seahawks over Buccaneers.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Seahawks.


Curtis Crabtree
AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Ravens; 3. Bills; 4. Titans; 5. Steelers; 6. Raiders; 7. Browns.

Wild card: Ravens over Browns. Bills over Raiders. Steelers over Titans.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Steelers. Ravens over Bills.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Ravens.

NFC

1. Saints; 2. Cowboys; 3. Seahawks; 4. Lions; 5. Buccaneers; 6. 49ers; 7. Cardinals.

Wild card: Cowboys over Cardinals. Seahawks over 49ers. Buccaneers over Lions.

Divisional round: Buccaneers over Saints. Cowboys over Seahawks.

Conference championship: Cowboys over Buccaneers.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Cowboys.


Mike Florio
AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Patriots; 3. Ravens; 4. Titans; 5. Steelers; 6. Chargers; 7. Colts.

Wild card: Patriots over Colts. Ravens over Chargers. Steelers over Titans.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Steelers. Patriots over Ravens.

Conference championship: Patriots over Chiefs.

NFC

1. Cowboys; 2. Buccaneers; 3. Seahawks; 4. Vikings; 5. Saints; 6. Falcons; 7. 49ers.

Wild card: Buccaneers over 49ers. Seahawks over Falcons. Vikings over Saints.

Divisional round: Vikings over Cowboys. Buccaneers over Seahawks.

Conference championship: Buccaneers over Vikings.

Super Bowl: Buccaneers over Patriots.


Darin Gantt
AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Ravens; 3. Colts; 4. Patriots; 5. Bills; 6. Titans; 7. Texans.

Wild card: Ravens over Texans; Colts over Titans; Patriots over Bills.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Patriots; Colts over Ravens.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Colts.

NFC

1. Saints; 2. Seahawks; 3. Cowboys; 4. Packers; 5. 49ers; 6. Buccaneers; 7. Vikings.

Wild card: Seahawks over Vikings; Buccaneers over Cowboys; Packers over 49ers.

Divisional round: Buccaneers over Saints; Packers over Seahawks.

Conference championship: Packers over Buccaneers.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Packers.


Michael David Smith
AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Ravens; 3. Patriots; 4. Colts; 5. Steelers; 6. Titans; 7. Browns.

Wild card: Ravens over Browns, Patriots over Titans, Steelers over Colts.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Steelers, Ravens over Patriots.

Conference championship: Ravens over Chiefs.

NFC

1. Saints; 2. Seahawks; 3. Cowboys; 4. Vikings; 5. Buccaneers; 6. Eagles; 7. 49ers.

Wild card: Seahawks over 49ers, Cowboys over Eagles, Buccaneers over Vikings.

Divisional round: Saints over Buccaneers, Seahawks over Cowboys.

Conference championship: Saints over Seahawks.

Super Bowl: Saints over Ravens.


Charean Williams
AFC

1. Ravens; 2. Chiefs; 3. Bills; 4. Titans; 5. Steelers; 6. Texans; 7. Colts.

Wild card: Chiefs over Colts, Bills over Texans, Steelers over Titans.

Divisional round: Ravens over Steelers, Chiefs over Bills.

Conference championship: Ravens over Chiefs.

NFC

1. Saints; 2. Seahawks; 3. Cowboys; 4. Vikings; 5. Buccaneers; 6. 49ers; 7. Lions.

Wild card: Seahawks over Lions, 49ers over Cowboys, Buccaneers over Vikings.

Divisional round: Saints over 49ers, Buccaneers over Seahawks.

Conference championship: Buccaneers over Saints.

Super Bowl: Ravens over Buccaneers.

PFT’s Week One power rankings

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1. Chiefs (previously No. 1): The Kings of the Hill got their rings last week. They start their quest for the next one this week, and they’re in better shape than most defending champions to pull it off.

2. 49ers (No. 2): There are plenty of reasons why most teams who lose the Super Bowl one year have a very hard time winning it the next year. The 49ers have the players and the coaching to become the fourth team to ever pull it off.

3. Ravens (No. 3): Another great season is expected; the challenge will come in January, when the Ravens will be under increased pressure to win in the postseason after going one-and-out in Lamar Jackson’s first two years.

4. Patriots (No. 4): The chaos and uncertainty and unpredictability of 2020 plays right into New England’s hands. Getting a highly motivated and by all appearances extremely healthy Cam Newton helps, too.

5. Saints (No. 5): Three special seasons, three heartbreaking playoff exits. A fourth special season seems inevitable. Is a fourth heartbreaking playoff exit inevitable, too?

6. Buccaneers (No. 6): The offense has gotten a huge boost, the defense is underrated, and the sky is the limit.

7. Titans (No. 8): Getting Jadeveon Clowney is worth a bump of at least one spot. Even at No. 7, they may be grossly underrated.

8. Seahawks (No. 8): If they turn Russell Wilson loose earlier in games, they could end up a lot higher on this list.

9. Bills (No. 9): Josh Allen could soon land in the franchise quarterback category.

10. Steelers (No. 11): If Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy, they’ll be playing deep into January.

11. Cowboys (No. 12): The talent continues to be there. Can they get the most out of it this year?

12. Vikings (No. 13): Yannick Ngakoue gives the pass rush a boost. The question ultimately becomes whether the Vikings will be able to throw when they can’t run.

13. Packers (No. 14): They overachieved last year. Can they avoid underachieving this year?

14. Eagles (No. 10): Way too many injuries have happened, and they haven’t even faced an opponent yet.

15. Broncos (No. 15): The offense is about to explode, and the defense is closing in on returning to form.

16. Colts (No. 16): All hope and hype aside, it’s impossible to forget seeing Philip Rivers throw seven interceptions in consecutive prime-time 2019 games.

17. Texans (No. 17): The offense could be effective, if everyone stays healthy; the defense may struggle, even if they have no injury issues on that side of the ball.

18. Browns (No. 18): The bar is much lower this year, and they should easily clear it this time.

19. Falcons (No. 19): A sneaky-good sleeper pick this year, after finishing 6-2 and having a solid nucleus of returning veteran talent.

20. Cardinals (No. 20): Kyler Murray is ready to be the NFL’s next big thing. That could prompt the Cardinals to make a big jump.

21. Raiders (No. 22): Derek Carr is finally stepping up. If he can avoid stepping in it, he could secure his future in Las Vegas.

22. Chargers (No. 21): The Derwin James injury hampers one of the best defenses in the NFL.

23. Rams (No. 23): Too many changes, too many questions, and too much money paid to the starting quarterback.

24. Jets (No. 24): They’re building from the inside-out not the outside-in, but they still have a long way to go to get to where they want to be on the inside and the outside.

25. Bears (No. 25): It’s hard to say whether Mitchell Trubisky winning the starting job says something really good about him or something really bad about Nick Foles. We’re about to begin finding out.

26. Dolphins (No. 26): The sooner the get Tua on the field, the sooner they’ll work toward getting the most out of him.

27. Lions (No. 27): Adrian Peterson didn’t sign with the Lions to stand on the sidelines.

28. Bengals (No. 28): It’s a work in progress, but progress could be made quickly if Joe Burrow quickly finds his footing.

29. Washington (No. 32): They’ve gotten through many summer challenges in a way that feels like they’re finally beginning to move past 21 years of dysfunction. It can’t get much worse than it has been.

30. Giants (No. 29): The potential is there. But it will take some time. And they need better offensive and defensive lines.

31. Panthers (No. 30): They’re stuck in one of the best divisions in football. It will make the rebuild even more of a challenge.

32. Jaguars (No. 31): 16 rookies on the 53-man roster, and a revolving door that has more guys going than coming. Even if they’re not tanking, they ship could sink again.

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PFT’s 2020 NFC 53-man roster cuts tracker

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[Editor’s note: We’re keeping track of the moves as NFC teams make them this weekend, as they have to get to their 53-man roster limit by Saturday at 4 p.m. Check back throughout the weekend, as we’ll update throughout.]

Dallas

Released safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Waived quarterback Clayton Thorson, offensive lineman Adam Redmond, wide receiver Devin Smith, offensive tackle Pace Murphy, and tight end Charlie Taumoepeau, and waived/injured offensive tackles Mitch Hyatt and Wyatt Miller. Announced the cuts of running back Darius Anderson, tight end Cole Hikutini, defensive end Joe Jackson and offensive guard Cody Wichmann. Announced the release of offensive tackle Isaac Alarcon, linebacker Francis Bernard, cornerback Deante Burton, defensive end Ron'Dell Carter, defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, defensive end Ladarius Hamilton, center Marcus Henry, receiver Jon'Vea Johnson, receiver, Tevin Jones, safety Luther Kirk, fullback Sewo Olonilua, receiver Aaron Parker, cornerback Saivion Smith, cornerback Chris Westry, cornerback C.J. Goodwin and linebacker Justin March.

New York Giants

Released quarterbacks Cooper Rush and Alex Tanney, inside linebacker Ryan Connelly, defensive tackle Chris Slayton, cornerback Chris Williamson, wide receivers Johnny Holton, Alex Bachman, Derrick Dillon, Austin Mack, and Binjimen Victor; running back Tavien Feaster; tight ends Eric Tomlinson and Garrett Dickerson; offensive linemen Jon Halapio, Eric Smith, Tyler Haycraft and Kyle Murphy; defensive linemen Daylon Mack and Niko Lalos; linebacker Josiah Tauaefa; defensive backs Grant Haley, Montre Hartage (injured), Brandon Williams, Dravon Askew-Henry, KeiVarae Russell, Jarren Williams and Prince Smith, Jr.; and long snapper Carson Tinker.

Philadelphia

Placed offensive tackle Andre Dillard on injured reserve, and waived wide receivers Manasseh Bailey, Deontay Burnett, Travis Fulgham, and Marcus Green; defensive backs Grayland Arnold and Elijah Riley; running backs Elijah Holyfield, Adrian Kilins, and Michael Warren; offensive linemen Julian Good-Jones and Luke Juriga; and tight end Tyrone Swoopes. Released cornerback Trevor Williams. Released defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, and waived defensive back Michael Jacquet, defensive end Matt Leo and tight end Caleb Wilson.

Washington

Released running back Adrian Peterson. Released safety Sean Davis. Waived center Ross Pierschbacher and placed offensive lineman Mike Liedtke on injured reserve. Released cornerback Aaron Colvin, defensive end Nate Orchard and tight end Richard Rodgers. Waived tackle Paul Adams, defensive tackle David Bada, defensive end Jordan Brailford, wide receiver Tony Brown, guard Joshua Garnett, tight end Hale Hentges, wide receiver Johnathon Johnson, cornerback Ryan Lewis, quarterback Steven Montez, linebacker Jared Norris, tackle Timon Parris, linebacker Donald Payne, wide receiver Trey Quinn, safety Jeremy Reaves, wide receiver Cam Sims, tackle David Steinmetz, and wide receiver Jester Weah. Placed defensive tackle Ryan Bee, cornerback Simeon Thomas and wide receiver Jordan Veasy on injured reserve.

Chicago

Waived running back Napoleon Maxwell, wide receiver Alex Wesley, wide receiver Ahmad Wagner, offensive lineman Corey Levin, defensive lineman Lee Autry, and linebacker Keandre Jones. Released kicker Cairo Santos. Waived offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons, cornerback Stephen Denmark, unning back Artavis Pierce, offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen, offensive lineman Badara Traore, defensive tackle Trevor McSwain, defensive end LaCale London, linebacker Rashad Smith, linebacker Ledarius Mack, wide receiver Rodney Adams, wide receiver Thomas Ives, wide receiver Reggie Davis, offensive lineman Sam Mustipher, and safety Xavier Crawford. Released quarterback Tyler Bray. Placed safety Marqui Christian on suspended list.

Detroit

Released wide receiver Geremy Davis. Waiving receiver Chris Lacy. Waived quarterback David Blough. Announced they released offensive guard Oday Aboushi, offensive guard Beau Benzchawel, quarterback David Blough, receiver Victor Bolden, defensive end Will Clarke, safety Jalen Elliott, defensive tackle Frank Herron, running back Wes Hills, defensive tackle Albert Huggins, running back Jason Huntley, receiver Tom Kennedy, receiver Chris Lacy, tight end Isaac Nauta, linebacker Anthony Pittman, safety Bobby Price, defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu, punter Arryn Siposs, tight end Matt Sokol, defensive tackle Kevin Strong, cornerback Dee Virgin, offensive guard Kenny Wiggins, defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins, running back Jonathan Williams and long snapper Steve Wirtel; waived/injured offensive tackle Dan Skipper; placed defensive end Austin Bryant on the reserve/physically unable to perform list; and placed safety Jayron Kearse on the reserve/suspended list.

Green Bay

Waived linebacker Tim Williams. Waived wide receiver Jake Kumerow. Waived or released wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, wide receiver Malik Turner, wide receiver Reggie Begelton, linebacker Tipa Galeai, linebacker Greg Roberts, linebacker Delontae Scott, running back Dexter Williams, running back Damarea Crockett, running back John Lovett, tight end Evan Bayliss, offensive lineman John Leglue, offensive lineman Cody Conway, offensive lineman Zack Johnson, offensive lineman Alex Light, offensive lineman Jake Hanson, defensive lineman Willington Previlon, defensive lineman Treyvon Hester, linebacker Krys Barnes, defensive back DaShaun Amos, defensive back Stanford Samuels, defensive back Will Sunderland and defensive back Henry Black. Placed running back Patrick Taylor and offensive lineman Simon Stepniak on non-football injury list. Placed linebacker Curtis Bolton on PUP list.

Minnesota

Placed defensive end Kenny Willekes on injured reserve, and waived running back Tony Brooks-James, linebacker Jordan Fehr, defensive end Stacy Keely, and defensive end Anthony Zettel. Waived fullback Jake Bargas, tackle Blake Brandel, quarterback Jake Browning, cornerback Nevelle Clark, guard Aviante Collins, receiver Quartney Davis, tight end Brandon Dillon, safety Myles Dorn, cornerback Mark Fields II, tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart, guard Kyle Hinton, receiver Alexander Hollins, center Brett Jones, center Jake Lacina, linebacker Blake Lynch, cornerback Nate Meadors, safety Josh Metellus, receiver Dillon Mitchell, defensive tackle David Moa, safety Steven Parker, linebacker David Reese II, and quarterback Nate Stanley.

Atlanta

Waived quarterbacks Kyle Lauletta and Kurt Benkert. Released tight end Khari Lee with an injury settlement. Released wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Released defensive back Delrick Abrams Jr., defensive tackle Hinwa Allieu, offensive tackle Ka'John Armstrong, defensive back Jamal Carter, defensive back Chris Cooper, running back Mikey Daniel, defensive end Austin Edwards, guard Justin Gooseberry, wide receiver Devin Gray, wide receiver Juwan Green, defensive back Tyler Hall, guard Sean Harlow, defensive back Josh Hawkins, offensive tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk, offensive tackle Sailosi Latu, wide receiver Jalen McCleskey, tight end Jared Pinkney, running back Craig Reynolds, linebacker Edmond Robinson, wide receiver Chris Rowland, linebacker Ray Wilborn, and defensive back J.J. Wilcox.

Carolina

Traded linebacker Andre Smith to the Bills. Waived-injured wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. Waived wide receivers Cam Phillips, Ishmael Hyman, Marken Michel and Darrell Stewart; defensive linemen Myles Adams, Woodrow Hamilton, Bruce Hector, Jalen Jelks and Austin Larkin; defensive backs Quin Blanding, Jameson Houston and Natrell Jamerson; offensive linemen Brandon Bowen, Mike Horton, Aaron Monterio and Sam Tecklenburg; linebackers Jordan Kunaszyk, James Onwualu and Chris Orr; tight ends Giovanni Ricci and Colin Thompson; running back Reggie Bonafon; and kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik. Released defensive back T.J. Green and tight end Temarrick Hemingway.

New Orleans

Released defensive end Mario Edwards and linebacker Anthony Chickillo. Waived tight end Tommy Stevens. Released wide receiver Bennie Fowler III, guard Patrick Omameh, and defensive end Margus Hunt, and waived linebacker Joe Bachie, wide receiver Emmanuel Butler, wide receiver Austin Carr, defensive end T.J. Carter, linebacker Andrew Dowell, tight end Garrett Griffin, cornerback Kemon Hall, wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey, wide receiver Juwan Johnson, running back Tony Jones Jr., linebacker Wynton McManis, offensive lineman Jordan Steckler, offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton, center Cameron Tom, defensive back Keith Washington II, and tight end Ethan Wolf. They waived/injured defensive back Saquan Hampton, placed linebacker Kiko Alonso on reserve/PUP, and put defensive end Anthony Lanier II on injured reserve and offensive lineman James Hurst on reserve/suspended.

Tampa Bay

Cut running back Dare Ogunbowale. Cut kicker Matt Gay. Released defensive tackle Kyle Love. Released kicker Elliott Fry. Waived running back Raymond Calais. Announced they waived guard Zack Bailey, running back Ray Calais, outside linebacker Kahzin Daniels, linebacker Chapelle Russell, inside linebacker Noah Dawkins, outside linebacker Michael Divinity, safety D’Cota Dixon, center Anthony Fabiano, receiver Cyril Grayson, safety Javon Hagan, tight end Tanner Hudson, defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter, guard Nick Leverett, tight end Codey McElroy, cornerback Herb Miller, receiver Bryant Mitchell, running back Dare Ogunbowale, receiver Josh Pearson, defensive lineman Benning Potoa'e, receiver Spencer Schnell, center Zach Shackelford, quarterback Reid Sinnett, kicker Matt Gay and cornerback Mazzi Wilkins.

Arizona

Waived wide receiver Hakeem Butler, defensive lineman Miles Brown, offensive lineman Sam Jones, and punter Ryan Winslow, and waived-injured offensive lineman Brett Toth. Waived cornerback Jalen Davis. Waived tight end Ryan Becker, offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez, cornerback Zane Lewis, and defensive end Adam Shuler. Waived linebacker Evan Weaver, running back D.J. Foster, safety Kentrell Brice, defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, tight end Dylan Cantrell, defensive lineman Trevon Coley, cornerback Ken Crawley, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (injured), cornerback Chris Jones, offensive lineman Koda Martin, wide receiver Andre Patton, wide receiver A.J. Richardson, linebacker Reggie Walker, running back Jonathan Ward, wide receiver JoJo Ward, and cornerback Jace Whittaker.

Los Angeles Rams

Waived defensive back Adonis Alexander, linebacker Daniel Bituli, tight end Kendall Blanton, center Cohl Cabral, guard Jamil Demby, wide receiver Earnest Edwards, defensive back Jake Gervase, kicker Lirim Hajrullahu, defensive back Juju Hughes, running back John Kelly, guard Jeremiah Kolone, wide receiver J.J. Koski, defensive back Dayan Lake, kicker Austin MacGinnis, defensive back Tyrique McGhee, linebacker Derrick Moncrief, and wide receiver Easop Winston. Placed linebacker Travin Howard on injured reserve and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson on the non-football injury list. Waived defensive back Donte Deayon, linebacker Natrez Patrick, defensive tackle Marquise Copeland, defensive tackle Michael Hoecht, linebacker Clay Johnston, quarterback Bryce Perkis, linebacker Christian Rozeboom, defensive end Jonah Williams, and linebacker Justin Lawler.

San Francisco

Released cornerback Jamar Taylor. Placed wide receiver Tavon Austin on injured reserve. Placed defensive lineman Ronald Blair III, center Weston Richburg, and defensive lineman Jullian Taylor on the active/non-football injury list, waived-injured offensive lineman Ross Reynolds, and released defensive lineman Alex Barrett, wide receiver River Cracraft, safety Johnathan Cyprien, defensive lineman Darrion Daniels, linebacker Evan Foster, offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu, tight end MarQueis Gray, tight end Chase Harrell, cornerback Tim Harris Jr., running back JaMycal Hasty, fullback Josh Hokit, wide receiver Jauan Jennings, cornerback Dontae Johnson, offensive lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith, defensive lineman Dion Jordan, defensive lineman Cameron Malveaux, safety Jared Mayden, wide receiver Shawn Poindexter, offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley, offensive lineman William Sweet, linebacker Joe Walker, and wide receiver Kevin White.

Seattle

Released wide receiver Paul Richardson. Waived linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Waived quarterback Danny Etling. Waived quarterback Anthony Gordon. Waived tackle Tommy Champion, defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas, wide receiver Aaron Fuller, wide receiver Penny Hart, defensive back Gavin Heslop, defensive tackle P.J. Johnson, defensive tackle Cedrick Lattimore, wide receiver Lance Lenoir, tight end Tyler Mabry, defensive back Chris Miller, defensive back Ryan Neal, defensive back Debione Renfro, defensive back Jayson Stanley, wide receiver Stephen Sullivan, wide receiver Cody Thompson, and tackle Chad Wheeler. Released fullback Nick Bellore. Placed running back Rashaad Penny on PUP list. Placed tight end Colby Parkinson, defensive back D.J. Reed and defensive end Darrell Taylor on the non-football injury list. Placed guard Kyle Fuller on suspended list.

 

PFT’s 2020 AFC 53-man roster cuts tracker

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[Editor’s note: We’re keeping track of the moves as AFC teams make them this weekend, as they have to get to their 53-man roster limit by Saturday at 4 p.m. Check back throughout the weekend, as we’ll update throughout.]

Buffalo

Announced they placed fullback Patrick DiMarco on injured reserve and released linebackers Vosean Joseph and Corey Thompson. Waived or released wide receiver Andre Roberts, wide receiver Robert Foster, wide receiver Duke Williams, tackle Trey Adams, defensive back Brian Allen, tight end Nate Becker, offensive lineman Evan Boehm, defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., tight end Jason Croom, guard Marquel Harrell, defensive back Dane Jackson, defensive back Cam Lewis, defensive end Mike Love, defensive back Dean Marlowe, tackle Victor Salako, defensive tackle Tanzel Smart, linebacker Andre Smith, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, defensive back Josh Thomas, running back Christian Wade, tackle Brandon Walton, quarterback Davis Webb, running back Antonio Williams, and defensive tackle Justin Zimmer. Placed tight end Tommy Sweeney on PUP list.

Miami

Released wide receivers Ricardo Louis and Chester Rogers. Released defensive end Avery Moss, linebacker James Crawford, cornerback Deatrick Nichols, and safety Jeremiah Dinson. Acquired wide receiver Lynn Bowden in trade with Raiders. Waived running back Salvon Ahmed, cornerback Breon Borders, defensive tackle Brandin Bryant, guard Shaq Calhoun, wide receiver Matt Cole, linebacker Trent Harris, cornerback Tae Hayes, safety Nate Holley, tackle Jonathan Hubbard, guard Danny Isidora, wide receiver Gary Jennings, linebacker Kylan Johnson, wide receiver Andy Jones, defensive tackle Benito Jones, wide receiver Kirk Merritt, tight end Chris Myarick, defensive tackle Durval Queiroz Neto, defensive end Tyshun Render, offensive lineman Keaton Sutherland, cornerback Ken Webster, tight end Nate Wieting, running back Kalen Ballage and defensive back Nate Brooks.

New England

Cut wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Waived cornerback Michael Jackson and waived-injured defensive tackle Michael Barnett. Waived kicker Justin Rohrwasser and linebacker Cassh Maluia. Released kicker Nick Folk.

New York Jets

Released kicker Brett Maher. Waived defensive tackle Sterling Johnson and linebacker B.J. Bello. Released linebacker James Burgess. Waived cornerback Nate Hairston. Waived or released quarterbacks David Fales and Mike White, running back Josh Adams, receivers Lawrence Cager, George Campbell, Jehu Chesson, Josh Malone, Donte Moncrief, and D.J. Montgomery, tight ends Daniel Brown, Bronson Kaufusi, and Ross Travis, offensive linemen Josh Andrews, Jonotthan Harrison, Jared Hilbers, Corbin Kaufusi, Brad Lundblade, and Jimmy Murray, linebacker James Burgess, cornerbacks Javelin Guidry, Nate Hairston, Lamar Jackson, and Zane Lewis, defensive back Shyheim Carter, and safeties Matthias Farley and Bennett Jackson. Placed cornerback Bryce Hall on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Baltimore

Waived defensive end John Daka, wide receiver Michael Dereus, and center Sean Pollard, and placed wide receiver DeAndrew White on injured reserve. Waived or released running back Kenjon Barner, wide receiver Jaleel Scott, tight end Jerell Adams, linebacker Aaron Adeoye, defensive back Terrell Bonds, center Trystan Colon-Castillo, defensive tackle Aaron Crawford, defensive back Khalil Dorsey, guard Parker Ehinger, guard Will Holden, quarterback Tyler Huntley, wide receiver Jaylon Moore, long snapper Nick Moore, defensive back Josh Nurse, defensive back Jordan Richards, defensive end Chauncey Rivers, tight end Charles Scarff, punter Johnny Townsend, defensive back Nigel Warrior, linebacker Kristian Welch, running back Ty'Son Williams, defensive end Marcus Willoughby, and tight end Eli Wolf.

Cincinnati

Waived linebacker Brady Shelton, offensive lineman O'Shea Dugas, and defensive end Bryce Sterk. Traded linebacker Austin Calitro to the Broncos for defensive tackle Christian Covington. Waived quarterback Brandon Allen. Waived quarterback Jake Dolegala. Waived defensive tackle Freedom Akinmoladun, defensive end Amani Bledsoe, defensive tackle Trey Dishon, tight end Jordan Franks, defensive end Kendall Futrell, long snapper Dan Godsil, safety Trayvon Henderson, wide receiver Trenton Irwin, offensive tackle Josh Knipfel, wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, cornerback Greg Mabin, center Frederick Mauigoa, defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, cornerback Torry McTyer, wide receiver Stanley Morgan, running back Jacques Patrick, cornerback Winston Rose, tight end Mason Schreck, safety Maurice Smith, linebacker Marcel Spears Jr., wide receiver Scotty Washington, and tight end Mitchell Wilcox.

Cleveland

Waived quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Waived safety J.T. Hassell, cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr., wide receiver J'Mon Moore, and defensive tackle Ricky Walker. Waived quarterback Kevin Davidson, running backs Dontrell Hilliard and Benny LeMay, fullback Johnny Stanton, wide receivers Ja'Marcus Bradley, Damion Ratley, and Taywan Taylor, tackles Brady Aiello, and Alex Taylor (injured), center Jon Toth, guards Michael Dunn and Willie Wright, defensive ends Robert McCray and Chad Thomas, defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale, linebackers Solomon Ajayi, Willie Harvey, and Montrel Meander, cornerbacks A.J. Green, Robert Jackson, and Donovan Olumba, and safeties Elijah Benton and Javonte Moffatt.

Pittsburgh

Cuts include quarterback Paxton Lynch, running backs Trey Edmunds, Kerrith Whyte, Jr., and Wendell Smallwood, receivers Saeed Blacknail, DeAndre Thompkins, Deion Cain, Amara Darboh, and receiver Ryan Switzer, offensive linemen Christian DiLauro, John Keenoy, Derwin Gray, Anthony Coyle, and Jarron Jones, tight ends Kyle Markway and Kevin Rader, defensive linemen Cavon Walker, Henry Mondeaux, Calvin Taylor, and Daniel McCullers, linebackers Tuzar Skipper and Jayrone Elliott, defensive backs Trajan Bandy, John Battle, and Antoine Brooks Jr., punter Corliss Waitan, and long snapper Liam McCullough.

Houston

Cut linebacker Daren Bates, and waived defensive tackle Albert Huggins and quarterback Alex McGough. Announced they released defensive tackle Angelo Blackson, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins, offensive lineman Greg Mancz, offensive tackle Kyle Murphy, offensive tackle Brent Qvale, safety Jaylen Watkins and long snapper Jon Weeks; and waived nose tackle Auzoyah Alufohai, outside linebacker Davin Bellamy, cornerback Anthony Chesley, inside linebacker Nate Hall, receiver Chad Hansen, running back Karan Higdon Jr., offensive guard Cordel Iwuagwu, long snapper Anthony Kukwa, offensive tackle Rick Leonard, receiver Steven Mitchell Jr., offensive tackle Elijah Nkansah, safety Jonathan Owens, running back Scottie Phillips, receiver Tyler Simmons, tight end Jordan Thomas and receiver Isaac Whitney.

Indianapolis

Released fullback Roosevelt Nix. Waived wide receiver Artavis Scott. Waived kicker Chase McLaughlin. Announced they waived quarterback Chad Kelly, cornerback Andre Chachere, defensive tackle Kameron Kline, tight end Dominique Dafney, offensive guard Jake Eldrenkamp, receiver Daurice Fountain, tight end Farrod Green, defensive end Gerri Green, receiver DeMichael Harris, offensive tackle Brandon Hitner, receiver Marcus Johnson, kicker Chase McLaughlin, offensive tackle Carter O'Donnell, center Javon Patterson, cornerback Lafayette Pitts, cornerback Jackson Porter, safety Donald Rutledge, cornerback Tremon Smith, tight end Andrew Vollert, defensive tackle Chris Williams, defensive tackle Robert Windsor and cornerback Travis Reed and released center Joey Hunt and tight end Xavier Grimble.

Jacksonville

Traded safety Ronnie Harrison to the Browns. Traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Vikings. Released running back Leonard Fournette. Released defensive lineman Caraun Reid. Released quarterback Mike Glennon and waived quarterback Josh Dobbs. Placed running back Ryquell Armstead on reserve/COVID-19 list. Waived running back Nathan Cottrell, tight end Ben Ellefson, linebacker Nate Evans, tight end Matthew Flanagan, linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, wide receiver Terry Godwin, wide receiver Josh Hammond, offensive lineman Blake Hance, cornerback Amari Henderson, offensive lineman K.C. McDermott, offensive lineman Garrett McGhin, cornerback Parry Nickerson, long snapper Matt Orzech, offensive lineman Austin Pleasants, offensive lineman Ryan Pope, safety J.R. Reed, wide receiver Marvelle Ross, and offensive lineman Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms. Waived/injured wide receiver Michael Walker. Placed cornerback Tramaine Brock on injured reserve. Placed defensive tackle Carl Davis and defensive end Josh Mauro on suspended list.

Tennessee

Cut quarterback Trevor Siemian. Waived kicker Greg Joseph. Waived offensive lineman Avery Gennesy. Released cornerback Chris Milton, cornerback Tye Smith, defensive back Ibraheim Campbell, guard Zac Kerin, defensive back Doug Middleton, and running back Senorise Perry. Waived cornerback Kareem Orr, defensive end Jamal Davis, wide receiver Rashard Davis, defensive back Kenneth Durden, linebacker Cale Garrett, wide receiver Krishawn Hogan, tight end Tommy Hudson, defensive tackle Joey Ivie, tackle Brandon Kemp, wide receiver Mason Kinsey, running back Marcus Marshall, kicker Tucker McCann, running back Jeremy McNichols, guard David Quessenberry, defensive end Wyatt Ray, defensive tackle Kobe Smith, defensive tackle Teair Tart, linebacker D'Andre Walker, wide receiver Nick Westbrook, and wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson.

Denver

Traded cornerback Isaac Yiadom to the Giants. Traded defensive tackle Christian Covington to the Bengals for linebacker Austin Calitro. Released linebacker Todd Davis. Waived quarterback Brett Rypien, linebacker Josh Watson, wide receiver Trinity Benson, wide receiver Juwan Winfree, safety P.J. Locke, linebacker Derrek Tuszka, running back Jeremy Cox, tackle Darrin Paulo, tackle Tyler Jones, wide receiver Kendall Hinton, cornerback DeVante Bausby, linebacker Justin Hollins, safety Alijah Holder, linebacker Malik Carney, tackle Hunter Watts, and offensive lineman Patrick Morris. Announced they waived offensive tackle Quinn Bailey, running back LeVante Bellamy, receiver Trinity Benson, receiver Fred Brown, outside linebacker Malik Carney, safety Douglas Coleman III, running back Jeremy Cox, receiver Kendall Hinton, safety Alijah Holder, linebacker Justin Hollins, offensive lineman Tyler Jones, safety P.J. Locke, center Pat Morris, offensive tackle Darrin Paulo, offensive tackle Jake Rodgers, quarterback Brett Rypien, outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka, inside linebacker Josh Watson, offensive tackle Hunter Watts, receiver Cody White, defensive lineman DeShawn Williams and receiver Juwann Winfree; released cornerback De’Vante Bausby; waived/injured tight end Troy Fumagalli; and placed tight end Austin Fort on injured reserve.

Kansas City

Released safety Adrian Colbert. Released running back DeAndré Washington, quarterback Matt Moore, quarterback Jordan Ta'amutackle Jackson Barton, defensive back Rodney Clemons, linebacker Omari Cobb, safety Adrian Colbert, wide receiver Gehrig Dieter, wide receiver Maurice Ffrench, wide receiver Jody Fortson, linebacker Darius Harris, tight end Daniel Helm, defensive back Lavert Hill, defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett, guard Ryan Hunter, cornerback Chris Lammons, defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence, wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb, running back Elijah McGuire, tackle Greg Senat, wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley, defensive end Breeland Speaks, defensive end Tim Ward, offensive lineman Darryl Williams. They also put cornerback Bashaud Breeland and defensive tackle Mike Pennel on the reserve/suspended list, and tackle Martinas Rankin on reserve/PUP.

Las Vegas

Released safety Damarious Randall. Traded tackle David Sharpe to Washington. Released offensive lineman Jordan Devey and running back Rod Smith, waived (failed physical) cornerback Nick Nelson, and waived defensive end Sharif Finch and guard Jordan Roos. Placed wide receiver Tyrell Williams on injured reserve. Released cornerback Prince Amukamara. Cut defensive lineman Datone Jones. Traded running back Lynn Bowden to the Dolphins. Released linebacker Kyle Wilber, running back Theo Riddick, linebacker Kyle Emanuel, defensive end Chris Smith, and tackle Sam Young. Waived wide receiver Marcell Ateman, tight end Nick Bowers, center Lester Cotton, wide receiver Keelan Doss, defensive back Madre Harper, cornerback Dylan Mabin, defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk, linebacker Justin Phillips, wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El, tackle Kamaal Seymour, and linebacker Javin White. Placed guard Eric Kush on injured reserve and cornerback Nevin Lawson on suspended list.

Los Angeles Chargers

The following 26 players were released or waived on Saturday: linebacker Asmar Bilal, running back Darius Bradwell, cornerback John Brannon, linebacker Cole Christiansen, receiver Jeff Cotton, guard Josh Dunlop, nose tackle Breiden Fehoko, linebacker Romeo Finley, defensive end Joe Gaziano, guard Nate Gilliam, running back Derrick Gore, guard Ryan Groy, fullback Bobby Holly, linebacker Malik Jefferson, receiver Darius Jennins, receiver Tyron Johnson, defensive end Jessie Lemonier, cornerback Kevin McGill, defensive back Quenton Meeks, fullback Gabe Nabers, tackle Ryan Roberts, receiver Dalton Schoen, tackle Trent Scott, defensive tackle TJ Smith, center/guard Cole Toner, and cornerback Donte Vaughn. Safety Derwin James was placed on IR.

FMIA: The NFL’s Surprise Team Of ’19 Doesn’t Plan To Be One-Year Wonder

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NASHVILLE — The Ryan Tannehill story has not gotten enough run. Everything about it is amazing. The Arthur Smith story has not gotten enough run. Everything about it is amazing. To acquire Tannehill 17 months ago cost Tennessee 1 percent of its 2019 salary cap and the 135th pick in the 2020 draft. He ended [more]

Full text of letter from Lisa Banks and Debra Katz to Roger Goodell

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[Editor’s note: On Thursday, lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the current allegations of sexual harassment against the Washington Football Team. The full text of the letter, as posted on Twitter, appears below.]

We represent over 12 former employees of the Washington Football Team who worked in different roles during different periods of time, but all of whom share a similar experience: they — and the many more who have contacted us in the last two days — were each subjected to sexism, sexual harassment and abuse at the highest levels of the organization, including by owner Daniel Snyder. We are writing on behalf of our clients to request that you take immediate action against Mr. Snyder and the Washington Football Team, whose misconduct has long been known by the league, its fans and the public at large, but who for decades has escaped accountability.

Yesterday, in response to a second painstakingly reported article in The Washington Post detailing Mr. Snyder’s two decades-long reign over an abusive and sexually hostile work environment, you issued a statement ‘strongly condemning the unprofessional, disturbing and abhorrent behavior and workplace environment alleged in the report which is entirely inconsistent with our standards and has no place in the NFL.’ You then cite to an ‘independent’ investigation being conducted by a law firm that Mr. Snyder’s Washington Football Team, not the National Football league, has hand-picked to investigate these issues. This statement and the action that you are touting — simply monitoring the progress of the team’s investigation — is too little and too late. It does not reflect the seriousness of the allegations, which we now know include the production of a highly sexualized and exploitative video that could lead to civil or criminal liability for those responsible.

Daniel Snyder has been permitted to lead an organization that has been permeated with misogyny, sexual harassment and routine abuse of female employees with impunity. Indeed, the organization’s ‘disturbing and abhorrent behavior’ to which you refer has been carried out in plain view for more than two decades. To date, 42 women have courageously spoken out about experiencing severe mistreatment while employed with the Washington Football Team. There are likely hundreds more over the span of Mr. Snyder’s 21 years as an NFL owner. The most recent allegations point directly to Mr. Snyder as condoning, if not spearheading, the misogyny, objectification, and abuse that is deeply engrained in the culture and indeed woven into the very fabric of the Washington Football Team. This includes the surreptitious creation and likely dissemination of videos that sexually exploit and demean female employees, which potentially constitutes a sex crime under Virginia law.

Not only is the behavior that is carefully detailed in the two Washington Post articles a violation of various federal and state laws, it also clearly constitutes ‘conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football,’ see NFL Constitution and Bylaws § 8.13, and ‘undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players.’ See NFL Code of Conduct.

For this reason, we call on the NFL to immediately initiate it own independent investigation of the Washington Football Team, and suspend Daniel Snyder pending the outcome of that investigation. Our clients would gladly participate in such an NFL investigation, but do not feel safe speaking to investigators hired by Mr. Snyder and do not trust the investigation that is currently underway. Indeed, our clients live in fear of further retaliation by Mr. Snyder, as he has repeatedly demonstrated his propensity to weaponize the legal system to punish accusers and intimidate others from coming forward, most recently by filing a frivolous document in federal court that impugned the character of one of our clients. His lawsuit, based entirely on demonstrable lies and innuendo that negatively impacted her reputation, should also be the subject of investigation by the NFL.

Most importantly, we call on the NFL to commit publicly to taking actions towards removing Mr. Snyder as the majority owner of the Washington Football Team if the investigation substantiates the accounts detailed by The Washington Post. The time is long overdue for the NFL to police this type of behavior and to act decisively to penalize those in its ranks, like Daniel Snyder, who allow women to be repeatedly exploited and mistreated as a prerogative of being a rich and powerful NFL team owner.

The NFL has a responsibility to ensure that its owners maintain a safe working environment for all employees, and that includes women. At a nationally televised news conference following revelations of domestic violence by NFL players, you boldly announced that the NFL was changing its personal conduct policy and stated, ‘We will get our house in order first.’ As long as an NFL owner mistreats, and allows others to mistreat, his female employees, your house is not in order. You now have the power to change that. The Washington Football Team’s ‘abhorrent’ work environment may have been an open secret for decades, but that secret is out. As the public looks to the NFL to see how it will respond, the NFL must not simply issue reassuring public statements, and allow a serial abuser like Dan Snyder to continue to lead this team. If the league values women, its product, and its fans, it must send a clear message that it will not tolerate this pervasive sexual harassment and exploitation. Words alone are not enough. If the NFL doesn’t stand up now, it never will.

Lastly, we urge the NFL to require the Washington Football Team to release employees from onerous non-disclosure agreements that put them at legal peril, and to direct Mr. Snyder to refrain from taking legal action against those who have come forward. Currently, many dozens of former employees face the potential of being sued by Mr. Snyder if they have spoken out, or which to speak out, about the ‘abhorrent’ practices to which they were subjected while employed by his organization and in some cases by Mr. Snyder himself. The NFL should not abide practices that allow employees to be muzzled, unable to detail the longstanding abuse by this organization. Without full transparency there cannot be accountability.

We look forward to working with you to bring an end to this abuse, and to ensure that the NFL is a safe work environment for all employees.

FMIA: Repeat in a Pandemic? Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs on a Mission

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KANSAS CITY — Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield, the reigning American League hits leader, is a buddy of Patrick Mahomes. When Mahomes bought a chunk of the baseball team that plays across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium, the new owner sent his All-Star employee a cute text. So it seemed logical to ask Merrifield (via [more]

False positives illustrate the challenges the NFL may face

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Whether or not it’s a job best suited for a group that includes a guy who thought Lamar Jackson should play receiver, Sunday’s sudden influx of false COVID-19 positives becomes a concrete example of the challenges the outside advisory committee and Commissioner Roger Goodell will confront when the regular season begins.

What if that had happened three Sundays from now, instead of this Sunday? It would have created chaos, with nine games due to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. And it would have required the Commissioner, with the advice of the outside advisory committee that will be assisting him with competitive issues arising from the pandemic, to figure something out. Quickly.

The good news, if there is any, comes from the immense flexibility that the league will have to shift starting dates and times of games, given that lack of fan concerns and potential scheduling conflicts. Although it’s ideal for Sunday games to be played on Sunday, they could (in theory) be moved to Monday. Or kickoff could be delayed from Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET to 8:00 p.m. ET.

Of course, delaying games by a day would create an issue for teams that opt for same-day travel. If the game is delayed by a day, do they go home and come back? Or do they try to find a hotel that has enough vacancies to absorb the entire operation?

Like everything else related to this pandemic, every answer leads to more questions. Today’s news highlights one of the biggest potential questions that could land on the Commissioner’s desk on any given Sunday. And the process of resolving it will create a potential avalanche of new questions. And all questions will have to be identified and answered quickly.

Eight-person committee will advise the Commissioner on COVID-19 issues

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The names are now known as to the members of the outside advisory committee that will assist Commissioner Roger Goodell on issues relating to COVID-19, throughout the 2020 season.

They are, per a source with knowledge of the situation, former NFL cornerback Champ Bailey, former NFL receiver Isaac Bruce, former NFL G.M. Charley Casserly, former NFL head coach Tom Coughlin, former NFL head coach Marvin Lewis, former NFL safety Troy Polamalu, former NFL G.M. Bill Polian, and former NFL G.M. Rick Smith.

The league decided to compile a committee of former executives, coaches, and players not currently connected to the NFL, in order to avoid the obvious conflicts of interest that would apply to members of the Competition Committee, who currently are affiliated with teams that will be affected, directly or indirectly, by the decisions the Commissioner may have to make.

As explained during a Wednesday conference call with reporters by NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent, the committee will advise Goodell on matters relating to whether games should proceed, and also on issues regarding playoff seeding if some teams play fewer than 16 games in 2020, due to the pandemic.

It’s unclear whether objective standards will apply to the decisions that will be made, or whether each case will be assessed based on its own facts and circumstances. Regardless, it will be critical to create a sense of consistency and fairness for all teams in all situations.

Finally, the fact that the eight members of the committee aren’t currently connected to teams doesn’t mean they won’t have their own biases and prejudices, based on past affiliations and/or current friends or enemies. Here’s hoping that, in the end, decisions will be made regardless of who or which team they may help or hurt and that in every instance the best interests of the game will drive the outcome.

FMIA: Sweat, Vomit And A 43-Year-Old QB—Two Hot Days In Tampa Bay With Tom Brady And The Buccaneers

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TAMPA — At mid-morning Friday, anticipation was heavy in the air at Bucs training camp, as heavy as the stifling humidity. Heat index: exactly 100 degrees. GM Jason Licht, in a Bucs-orange mask dotted with team logos, walked near (not within six feet) a camp visitor and said quietly: “The defense has been secretly scouting [more]

FMIA: 2020 NFL Training Camp In A Pandemic—A Day In Life Of Texans

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Opening night: one month from tonight. The Houston Texans likely will be significant underdogs at Super Bowl champion Kansas City, and rightfully so. But the important thing in 2020 is something else, on the weekend we passed 5 million documented COVID-19 cases as a country. It’s actually whether Houston-Kansas City, and the 268 NFL games [more]

FMIA: After Two Early Playoff Exits, Lamar Jackson Enters 2020 On A Mission: ‘I’m Tired Of Going Home’

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Lamar Jackson did not watch the Super Bowl. The game was on his home turf in south Florida for the first time in 10 years, and Jackson loves football, but he couldn’t bring himself to watch. Not the biggest surprise, really; players who think they should be playing in the game often don’t watch it—just [more]

Should NFL consider sequestering individual teams for the full season?

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A full, league-wide NFL bubble isn’t practical, given the sheer numbers of players and coaches and other essential personnel involved. But virtual bubbles consisting only of 32 team facilities may not be practical, either.

Players and coaches will leave those bubbles for their homes, regularly. Even if they never leave their homes until returning to work, family members surely will. And if one of them brings the virus home, the player or coach may then bring it to the bubble. Unless and until the NFL secures rapid and reliable point-of-care testing, a 24-hour lag will exist between sample collection and test result. Which means that a player who tested negative yesterday may be positive today, but no one will know until tomorrow.

One way to minimize that risk would be to create an even stronger bubble around each team. What if, then, one or more team sequester all players, coaches, and staff in a hotel for the entire season?

Plenty of players wouldn’t like it. Plenty of players would strongly considering opting out over it. At the end of the day, the league likely would have 32 teams made up of enough players, coaches, etc. who would sign up for the five-month sequestration, if the alternative was to not work at all this season.

This approach would significantly enhance the chances of getting all 256 regular-season and 13 postseason games played. And it would significantly enhance the chances of the players and other employees getting paid their full salaries.

This would be an extreme approach, without question. But if it’s the only way to minimize outbreaks and, in turn, to get the games played, it should at least be considered.

Perhaps it’s a strategy that could be used in specific locations, based on the local status of the pandemic. In some cities that currently are among the world’s biggest hot spots, a team could begin the season in sequestration and then revert to everyone living it home. In others, the need for sequestration may arise during the season. For others, the whole season may consist of living in a hotel.

Regardless, it’s important for the league to at least be exploring options like this, if the goal is — as it should be — to play every game, without postponement or cancellation.

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.