Vikings’ Michael Pierce Opts Out

Vikings nose tackle Michael Pierce is opting out of the 2020 season, according to Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo of (on Twitter). the Vikings signed Pierce in March to shore up their defensive front – without him, they’re left thin on the interior with weeks to go before the start of the season.

Pierce inked a three-year, $27MM deal to help replace Linval Joseph, following his departure to the Chargers. The 6-foot, 340-pound defensive lineman was slated to start, but he’ll sit out the year after assessing the risk. Pierce has a history of respiratory trouble, meaning that the coronavirus could put him in serious jeopardy.

In 2019, with the Ravens, Pierce logged 35 tackles (two for loss) in 14 starts. Previous to that, Pierce graded as one of the top interior defenders in football in 2017 and ’18, per Pro Football Focus, before dipping to a middle-of-the-pack spot in his contract year.

Pierce is just the latest NFL notable to opt out of the upcoming season. The full and ever-growing list can be found here, on PFR’s 2020 NFL Opt Out Tracker.

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  1. Bdd1967

    I’m assuming he doesn’t get paid at all and his contract just moves on to the next season and starts from there just like a brand new deal. With all the differing opinions on how the virus will or will not affect people…I find it hard to believe any pro sport is going to make it through a season or finish one off from last year. Golf and tennis will be all there is…maybe hockey has a chance but who the hell knows.

    • frank858

      Yes he does get paid $350 Thousand and this year does count as a year of years played because he is a high risk due to Asthma.

      • frank858

        He basically gives up the difference in the amount he would have made this year minus the $350 thousand he does get this year.

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