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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.

WR Travis Benjamin OT Shon Coleman C Jake Brendel

DT Eddie Goldman S Jordan Lucas

OT Isaiah Prince DL Josh Tupou

CB E.J. Gaines  DL Star Lotulelei

OT Ja'Wuan James  DL Kyle Peko

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

OT Brad Seaton

OT Marcus Gilbert



OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OL Lucas Niang RB Damien Williams

S Rolan Milligan LB Skai Moore S Marvell Tell

CB Maurice Canady WR Stephen Guidry FB Jamize Olawale

WR Allen Hurns WR Albert Wilson II


CB Sam Beal WR Da'Mari Scott  OT Nate Solder

LB Lerentee McCray CB Rashaan Melvin DL Al Woods

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

WR Geronimo Allison  DL John Atkins C Russell Bodine

LB Jordan Mack LB Christian Miller

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


OT Chandler Brewer



Washington Football Team

DL Caleb Brantley LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

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