Complete List of NFL Players Opting Out of 2020 Season


Much like the MLB and NBA, the NFL has agreed to allow players to opt out of the 2020 season for health and safety reasons.

In the collectively bargained agreement between the NFL and NFLPA, players who are considered “high risk” for COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if they choose to opt out. Those who are not deemed “high risk” can earn $150,000 for opting out.

With NFL training camp set to begin, players are starting to make their decisions on whether or not they will play in this year.

Here is who is the complete list of opt outs for the 2020 season:

Marcus Gilbert, OL, Arizona Cardinals

De’Anthony Thomas, KR, Baltimore Ravens

Andre Smith, OL, Baltimore Ravens

E.J. Gaines, CB, Buffalo Bills

Star Lotulelei, DT, Buffalo Bills

Christian Miller, LB, Carolina Panthers

Miller announced he would sit out after a promising rookie season that was cut short by injury.

Jordan Mack, LB, Carolina Panthers

Eddie Goldman, DT, Chicago Bears

Goldman, a key cog in the Bears’ defense, reportedly is opting out due to health concerns, which may means he has a medical condition and could be deemed high risk. He is the first Bears player to opt out.

Jordan Lucas, S, Chicago Bears

The reserve defensive back, who signed with the Bears after winning the Super Bowl with the Chiefs, officially opted out on Aug. 3 after previously expressing concerns about the pandemic.

Isaiah Prince, OT, Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Tupou, DT, Cincinnati Bengals

Andrew Billings, DT, Cleveland Browns

Drake Dorbeck, OT, Cleveland Browns

Drew Forbes, G, Cleveland Browns

Colby Gossett, OG, Cleveland Browns

Malcolm Pridgeon, G, Cleveland Browns

Maurice Candy, CB, Dallas Cowboys

Stephen Guidry, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Jamize Olawale, FB, Dallas Cowboys

Ja'Wuan James, OT, Denver Broncos

Kyle Peko, DL, Denver Broncos

Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions

Allison, a former Packer, opted out after signing a one-year deal with Detroit.

John Atkins, DT, Detroit Lions

Russell Bodine, C, Detroit Lions

Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers

Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Houston Texans

Rolan Milligan, S, Indianapolis Colts

Skai Moore, LB, Indianapolis Colts

Marvell Tell, S, Indianapolis Colts

Lerentee McCray, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Rashaad Melvin, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Al Woods, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars

The big-bodied run-stopper signed a one-year deal with the Jags this offseason.

Lucas Niang, OT, Kansas City Chiefs

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OL, Kansas City Chiefs

Duvernay-Tardiff is opting out of the season so he can continue working at a long-term care facility in Quebec to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Williams, a key part of the Chiefs' Super Bowl-winning offense last season, cited his mom's diagnosis of cancer as his reason for opting out of this season.

D.J. Killings, CB, Las Vegas Raiders

Jeremiah Valoaga, DE, Las Vegas Raiders

Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Las Vegas Raiders

Chandler Brewer, OT, Los Angeles Rams

Davon Godchaux, DT, Miami Dolphins

Allen Hurns, WR, Miami Dolphins

Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins

Michael Pierce, DL, Minnesota Vikings

Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots

Marcus Cannon, OT, New England Patriots

Cannon, 32, is a cancer survivor – who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma before the 2011 NFL Draft. The veteran tackle is considered a high risk candidate and will receive $350,000 this season.

Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots

Chung became the sixth Patriots player to opt out of the season. The 12-year veteran had expressed concerns on social media earlier in July about being able to play and adhere to social distancing.

Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots

Hightower, 30, is not high risk himself, but has a newborn baby boy and a mother with Type 2 diabetes. He was set to earn a base salary of $8 million, which will now toll to the 2021 season.

Matt LaCosse, TE, New England Patriots

LaCosse made it eight total Patriots to opt out of the season with his decision on Sunday.

Marqise Lee, WR, New England Patriots

Lee, who signed with the Patriots to a one-year deal in April, is opting out citing the birth of his newborn daughter. Lee became the seventh Patriots player to opt out of this season.

Danny Vitale, FB, New England Patriots

Najee Toran, G, New England Patriots

Cole Wick, TE, New Orleans Saints

Sam Beal, CB, New York Giants

Da'Mari Scott, WR, New York Giants

Nate Solder, OL, New York Giants

Solder, a cancer survivor, announced that he was opting out of the season on Wednesday. Not only is Solder a cancer survivor and deemed high risk for COVID, but his son is also a cancer survivor and he and his wife welcomed another baby boy back in the spring.

Josh Doctson, WR, New York Jets

Leo Koloamatangi, OL, New York Jets

C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets

Mosley has not commented publicly for his reasons on opting out, but it is believed to be due to family health. Mosley, who signed a five-year deal with the Jets last year, missed 14 games last season due to a groin injury that required surgery.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Goodwin informed the team on Tuesday that he was opting out due to health concerns. The 29-year-old wide receiver just had a newborn baby girl five months ago after three previous miscarriages.

Travis Benjamin, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Shon Coleman, OT, San Francisco 49ers

Chance Warmack, OL, Seattle Seahawks

Brad Seaton, OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Anthony McKinney, OL, Tennessee Titans

Caleb Brantley, DE, Washington

Brantley was the first high-risk player to announce he would opt out of the 2020 season.

Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB, Washington

Larry Warford, G, Free Agent

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