Many NFL players are choosing to opt out of the 2020 sports season (which is set to begin on September 10) due to COVID-19 concerns. According to ESPN, “players considered high risk for COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if they choose to opt out of the season. Players without risk can earn $150,000 for opting out.”
Read on for a list of some who have opted out thus far [data courtesy of ESPN]:
Michael Pierce – Minnesota Vikings: Michael Pierce has opted out due to respiratory concerns. He falls into the high-risk category.
Stephen Guidry – Dallas Cowboys: Guidry will keep his $10,000 signing bonus.
Jason Vander Laan – New Orleans Saints: This 27-year-old has opted out for the 2020 season.
Cole Wick – New Orleans Saints: Wick has opted out because of an underlying asthma condition.
Marquise Goodwin – Philadelphia Eagles: Goodwin and his wife have a new baby at home. His family’s health is a priority for him.
Devin Funchess – Green Bay Packers: Funchess has already cared for two family members who contracted COVID-19.
Kyle Peko – Denver Broncos: Like Goodwin, family health is at the top of Peko’s mind. His wife was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2019. Though she is now cancer-free, her immune system may still be compromised.
Marcus Cannon – New England Patriots: Cannon is also a cancer survivor and is set to receive the high-risk payout.
Which player [who has opted out of the 2020 season] do you feel will cause the largest point deficit for their team?
Cover Photo courtesy of New Orleans Saints – WTOK