Which NFL Players Have Opted Out For 2020?

In the amended 2020 NFL collective bargaining agreement, NFL players agreed to final COVID-19 language that would include a voluntary opt-out for the 2020 season and a higher risk opt-out that would require a diagnosis. Here’s the basic premise of the language that has resulted in players opting out of the 2020 season. Full contract language can be seen below.

Voluntary Opt-Out: Any player can choose to opt out of playing in the 2020 NFL season. If a player wishes to opt out, he must provide his club with written notification (see below). If he has not done so, the player should report to Training Camp on time.

Higher Risk Player Opt Out

Certain players may opt-out as a result of being Medically Higher Risk of complications from COVID-19. Such players must likewise provide written notification to the club. If a player has not provided such written notification, the player should report to Training Camp on time.


Baltimore Ravens: KR De’Anthony Thomas, OL Andre Smith

Buffalo Bills: DT Star Lotulelei

Dallas Cowboys: CB Maurice Canady, WR Stephen Guidry

Houston Texans: DT Eddie Vanderdoes

Kansas City Chiefs: OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

New England Patriots: LB Dont’a Hightower, FB Dan Vitale, RB Brandon Bolden, OL Najee Toran

New Orleans Saints: TE Cole Wick

Seattle Seahawks: OL Chance Warmack

Tennessee Titans: OL Anthony McKinney


Minnesota Vikings: DT Michael Pierce

New England Patriots: OL Marcus Cannon

Washington Football Team: DE Caleb Brantley


Chicago Bears: DT Eddie Goldman

Denver Broncos: DT Kyle Peko

New England Patriots: S Patrick Chung

New York Jets: OL Leo Koloamatangi

Philadelphia Eagles: WR Marquise Goodwin

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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