The deadline for players to opt out of the 2020 season will fall no earlier than Tuesday, Aug. 4, multiple sources tell Mike Florio of PFT. The deadline could also fall later, depending on how fast the NFL and the NFLPA complete their paperwork.
The NFL and the NFLPA verbally agreed to the opt out provision, but they have yet to fully execute the side agreement. Per their deal, the deadline will fall seven days after everything is formally signed. If the deal is executed today, the deadline will be set for next Tuesday. If execution occurs on Wednesday, the deadline will be next Wednesday, Aug. 5 (and so on).
Upwards of 25 players have opted out, with many of those players making the call earlier today. Once the decision is submitted in writing, it is final and irrevocable, so other players on the fence may choose to wait a few more days.
Among the more notable opt outs: linebacker Dont’a Hightower (Patriots), safety Patrick Chung (Patriots), tackle Marcus Cannon (Patriots), guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Chiefs), guard Larry Warford (free agent), nose tackle Michael Pierce (Vikings), defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (Bills), and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (Bears).