At first, NFL players believed they would have up to seven days after returning to the facility to decide whether or not to play or opt out of the 2020 season.
But, that appears to be changing as the NFL would like to move that date to Tuesday or Wednesday.
Speaking via video conference Sunday, Patriots safety Devin McCourty sounded off on the matter, calling it "an absolute joke."
“I think it is an absolute joke that the NFL is changing the opt out period mainly because they don’t want to continue to see guys opt out," he said. "I am sure they are shocked about how many guys have opted out. But it is the same thing — we signed the CBA. Sometimes some of the things that we think are good sometimes backfire. We have rookies who are locked in long-term contracts and tagged and tagged. You guys don’t think we’d love to change that? (Because of) the CBA we can’t. That is the point of signing an agreement.
"I think it’s terrible. I think it’s BS that the league has changed that date because you guys know, Monday will be our first time in the building, so to try and act like guys are making the decision about something other than virtual meetings is a joke. ... We’ll see how everything turns out Wednesday if that ends up being the deadline. But, I support guys no matter what they decide. But, I am still out here having fun and figuring stuff out. We’ll see how we go.”
As of now, eight Patriots players have opted out of the 2020 season.