Lions’ Russell Bodine Opts Out

Lions center Russell Bodine has become the 60th NFL player to opt out of the 2020 campaign, according to Tom Pelissero of (Twitter link).

Bodine, 28, signed a futures deal with Detroit during the offseason and could have competed for a reserve interior line spot behind starters Joe Dahl, Frank Ragnow, and Jonah Jackson. Instead, he’ll sit out the season due to COVID-19.

If Bodine has an existing condition that places him in a high-risk category, he’ll receive a $350K stipend that won’t need to be returned. If he’s simply opting out voluntarily, Bodine will get a $150K advance that would be recouped in 2021.

A fourth-round pick by the Bengals in 2014, Bodine started 64 consecutive games for Cincinnati before entering free agency in 2018. He appeared in 10 games for the Bills in 2018, but didn’t play an NFL snap last year.

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  1. wagner13

    The Lions are going to pay dearly for letting Glasgow slip away without a proper replacement…

      • wagner13

        No, I meant the fact that Bodine was competing for a starting job in the first place was a sad development

        • thebluemeanie

          I’ve said it before, but I really wish the Lions would’ve used the money they gave Vaitai to make Glasgow a legit offer.

          • wagner13

            Totally agree with you. I understand moving on from Wagner after a down year, but why did they invest so much money into an unproven player like Vaitai?

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