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
HIGHER RISK OPT-OUTS
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