NFL To Move Up Opt-Out Deadline?

The NFL has still not finalized a deadline for players to opt out for 2020. However, the sides may be moving in a direction that will force players to make a decision quickly.

While the league and the NFLPA were believed to be on track to have a revised CBA done by Friday, nothing is finalized as of Saturday afternoon. Players are on track to have a week following this agreement to decide on opting out. They may not have that long, though, with Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweeting the deadline is now expected to be Tuesday or Wednesday.

This is an interesting development; it would move the deadline up by at least three days. This would apply more pressure on players to make major decisions. Instead of having that week from the latest agreement to decide, they will only have a few days to determine if they will play during the COVID-19-impacted season.

Thus far, 37 players have opted out. C.J. Mosley, Dont’a Hightower, Nate Solder and Damien Williams are among the players who will skip the season. Free agent Pro Bowler Larry Warford also decided he will not sign with a team this year. If the deadline is moved up, a flood of action could take place in the next few days.

Unlike Major League Baseball, which just saw Brewers star center fielder Lorenzo Cain opt out a week into the season, the NFL will force its players to decide on playing in 2020 before full practices take place. Teams are set to begin their strength and conditioning-based acclimation periods Monday. Practices are not slated to begin until Aug. 12, with full practices not on tap until the 16th.

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6 comments on “NFL To Move Up Opt-Out Deadline?

  1. TJECK109

    NFL 2019 = Player safety is a top priority
    NFL 2020 = We need to move up the opt-out deadline before more players decide not to risk their health.

    • mrshyguy99

      sounds like it. if they give them more time more and more will opt out. since football put the players at risk. unless they find a way to really protect them. i wonder how the season wil be played out

    • drtymike0509

      Is that the issue? I don’t understand why the opt out date has to be so immediate. Sounds to me that the NFL hasn’t thought all this thru and is just kinda going with it, just like everything else they’ve tried to do this off-season. Remember fans were going to be at the draft and otas weren’t going to be affected? What’s to stop a player from “retiring” mid season and then unretiring at the start of next season? they won’t get paid and still have their original contract they retired on so isn’t that an opt out in and of itself?

      • TJECK109

        NFL doesn’t want players to realize how are we at 54 men on a roster in the locker room with coaches etc going to stay Covid free when the MLB is half the roster size and can’t do it

  2. gameofdegroms

    Gotta love the NFL’s commitment to player health and safety!

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