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The NFL and the NFL Player’s Association finalized their agreement to play as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. As part of the agreement, players have the option to opt-out of the season.

Players who opt-out will essentially receive an advance of $150,000 (the exact language of the agreement has yet to be reported. The amount will then be deducted from the player’s pay the following season.

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Basically, players are allowed a one-year break, with contracts picking up in 2021 where they left off this season. Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was the first player to opt-out (Kansas City replaced him with former All-Pro Kelechi Osemele via a one-year deal). Here’s the full list of players who have opted out along with the role they were expected to play for their teams:

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New York Jets

    • WR Josh Doctson – Expected to compete for role on offense.
  • C Leo Koloamatangi -Backup lineman.
  • LB C.J. Mosley – Starter.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Cleveland Browns

  • DT Andrew Billings – Starter.
  • G Colby Gossett* – Expected to compete for starting right guard.
  • T Drake Dorbeck – Likely practice squad player.
  • G Drew Forbes* – Expected to compete for starting right guard spot.
  • G Malcolm Pridgeon – Line Depth.

Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • None

AFC South

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

  • T Anthony McKinney – Potential end of roster lineman.

AFC West

Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

  • None

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Football Team

NFC North

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

  • None

Carolina Panthers

  • LB Christian Miller – Linebacker rotation.
  • LB Jordan Mack – Rookie, borderline roster player.

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • T Brad Seaton* -Potential depth.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks


*Considered “high-risk” opt-out, which can include moderate-to-severe asthma, sickle cell disease, or type 2 diabetes among other ailments. “High-risk” opt-outs get credit for the season, so while they don’t get their full salary, they gain a credited/accrued season.

**Free agent G Larry Warford, who most recently started for the Saints, has also opted out of the upcoming season.

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