The National Football League has seen a tremendous amount of star players decide to opt out of the 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That included New York Jets Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley on Saturday.
The league is now attempting to make sure fewer players decide to opt out for the season.
NFL to move up opt-out deadline for 2020 season
Opt-out deadline for NFL players is now expected to be moved up to either Tuesday or Wednesday, per league sources, depending on talks this weekend. NFL is pushing to move up the deadline from one week after the new CBA side-letter is signed, and it now is expected even sooner.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 1, 2020
The belief was that players would have one week from the time the restructured collective bargaining agreement becomes official to opt out. That’s obviously no longer going to be the case. High-risk players receive pay while opting out. Those not considered high risk get a mere stipend.
NFL stars who have opted out of 2020 season
Eddie Goldman, defensive tackle, Chicago BearsStar Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Buffalo BillsLaurent Duvernay-Tardif, guard, Kansas City ChiefsDamien Williams, running back, Kansas City ChiefsNate Solder, offensive tackle, New York GiantsC.J. Mosley, linebacker, New York JetsDont’a Hightower, linebacker, New England PatriotsPatrick Chung, safety, New England PatriotsMichael Pierce, defensive line, Minnesota Vikings
It will certainly be interesting to see who else decides to opt out of the season now that the NFL is on the verge of pushing up the deadline.