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NFL Player Opt-Outs

67 players have opted-out of the 2020 NFL season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Patriots have lost the most players to this NFL option, while the Falcons, Chargers and Steelers don't have any players who have chosen not to play this season.


These players that have chosen to not play this year will fall into one of two categories.


  • Players at high risk of complications due to the coronavirus can opt out of the 2020 season and earn $350,000 and an accrued season toward free agency. That includes individuals with autoimmune disorders, chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes, heart issues, etc.

  • Non-risk players can opt out of the 2020 season and earn $150,000. They do not accrue a season.

Teams will not have to carry a players cap charge on their 2020 salary cap if that player has opted out. Teams will also not be liable for any salary bonuses that may have been due in 2020 if that player has opted-out.


The money that a player receives from the opt-out policy will come-out of their 2021 salary next season. It is not free money, just an advance from their 2021 salary and will be deducted from what they were owed for the 2021 season.


The list of players who have chosen to skip the 2020 NFL season is below.


49ers

WR Travis Benjamin OT Shon Coleman C Jake Brendel


Bears

DT Eddie Goldman S Jordan Lucas


Bengals

OT Isaiah Prince DL Josh Tupou


Bills

CB E.J. Gaines  DL Star Lotulelei


Broncos

OT Ja'Wuan James  DL Kyle Peko


Browns

DT Andrew Billings  OT Drake Dorbeck OG Drew Forbes OG Colby Gossett OG Malcolm Pridgeon


Buccaneers

OT Brad Seaton


Cardinals

OT Marcus Gilbert


Chargers

None

Chiefs

OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OL Lucas Niang RB Damien Williams


Colts

S Rolan Milligan LB Skai Moore S Marvell Tell


Cowboys

CB Maurice Canady WR Stephen Guidry FB Jamize Olawale


Dolphins

WR Allen Hurns WR Albert Wilson II

Eagles

WR Marquise Goodwin


Falcons

None


Giants

CB Sam Beal WR Da'Mari Scott  OT Nate Solder


Jaguars

LB Lerentee McCray CB Rashaan Melvin DL Al Woods


Jets

WR Josh Doctson OL Leo Koloamatangi LB C.J. Mosley


Lions

WR Geronimo Allison  DL John Atkins C Russell Bodine


Packers

WR Devin Funchess

Panthers

LB Jordan Mack LB Christian Miller


Patriots

RB Brandon Bolden OT Marcus Cannon S Patrick Chung LB Dont'a Hightower TE Matt LaCosse WR Marqise Lee OL Najee Toran FB Danny Vitale


Raiders

LB Ukeme Eligwe DB D.J. Killings DE Jeremiah Valoaga

 

Rams

OT Chandler Brewer

Ravens

OT Andre Smith WR De'Anthony Thomas


Saints

TE Jason Vander Laan TE Cole Wick


Seahawks

OG Chance Warmack


Steelers

None


Texans

DL Eddie Vanderdoes


Titans

OT Anthony McKinney


Vikings

DL Michael Pierce

Washington Football Team

DL Caleb Brantley LB Josh Harvey-Clemons




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