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NFL Player Opt Out Tracker: Keeping tabs on those who are sitting out the 2020 season

Updating which players are choosing to forgo the upcoming season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The NFL is doing everything I can to hold the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 crisis. With the league and the NFLPA coming to an agreement last week on procedures to move forward with NFL training camps and the entirety of the season, one possibility for players is to opt out of the season altogether.

It’s unclear at this time how many players will choose to skip out on the season for 2020. Players who do so can earn $150,000 and will have their contract obligations simply pushed to the next year if they are not deemed to be in a high-risk category. Players who are deemed to be at high risk for COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and still have an accrued NFL season.

As players exercise this option around the league, we will continue to update anyone who has been added to this category below.


Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Kansas City Chiefs G
De’Anthony Thomas, Baltimore Ravens WR
Chance Warmack, Seattle Seahawks G
Maurice Canady, Dallas Cowboys CB
Caleb Brantley, Washington Football Team DL
Najee Toran, New England Patriots C/G
Danny Vitale, New England Patriots FB
Marcus Cannon, New England Patriots OT
Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots RB
Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots LB
Andre Smith, Baltimore Ravens OT
Stephen Guidry, Dallas Cowboys WR
Kyle Peko, Denver Broncos DT
Eddie Vanderdoes, Houston Texans DT
Patrick Chung, New England Patriots S
Anthony McKinney, Tennessee Titans OT
Eddie Goldman, Chicago Bears DT
Star Lotulelei, Buffalo Bills DT
Cole Wick, New Orleans Saints TE
Michael Pierce, Minnesota Vikings DT
Marquise Goodwin, Philadelphia Eagles WR
Leo Koloamatangi, New York Jets OL
Jordan Mack, Carolina Panthers LB
Devin Funchess, Green Bay Packers WR
Jason Vander Laan, New Orleans Saints TE
Nate Solder, New York Giants OT
Drake Dorbeck, Cleveland Browns OT
Drew Forbes, Cleveland Browns OG
Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs RB
John Atkins, Detroit Lions DT
Josh Tupou, Cincinnati Bengals DT
Isaiah Prince, Cincinnati Bengals OT
Al Woods, Jacksonville Jaguars DT
Chandler Brewer, Los Angeles Rams OT
Marqise Lee, New England Patriots WR
C.J. Mosley, New York Jets, ILB
Lerentee McCray, Jacksonville Jaguars DE/LB
E.J. Gaines, Buffalo Bills CB
Matt LaCosse, New England Patriots TE
Jamize Olawale, Dallas Cowboys FB
Geronimo Allison, Detroit Lions WR
Ja’Wuan James, Denver Broncos RT
Christian Miller, Carolina Panthers OLB
Josh Harvey-Clemons, Washington Football Team LB
Jordan Lucas, Chicago Bears S
NEW: Jeremiah Valoaga, Las Vegas Raiders DE
NEW: D.J. Killings, Las Vegas Raiders DB
NEW: Andrew Billings, Cleveland Browns DT
NEW: Skai Moore, Indianapolis Colts LB
NEW: Marcus Gilbert, Arizona Cardinals OT
NEW: Allen Hurns, Miami Dolphins WR