The complete list of NFL players who have opted-out for 2020

At 3 p.m. Arrowhead Time on Thursday, the deadline passed for NFL players to exercise their option to opt out of the upcoming season. In all, 65 players from 29 NFL teams have now chosen to miss the season under special 2020 terms negotiated between the league and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

The Kansas City Chiefs, unfortunately, have two “firsts” on the list. On July 24, right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out. On Thursday morning, Chiefs offensive lineman Lucas Niang — selected in the third round of the NFL Draft last April — became the first rookie to sit out the season.

These opt-outs — which are designed to allow players to avoid taking the risk of contracting CVOID-19 during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — are essentially irrevocable; players will not be able to change their minds and return to active status in 2020. Under certain circumstances, however, players will be allowed to opt out during the course of the season.

Their contracts — and their salary cap impacts — will toll to next year, meaning that everything they would have been received in 2020 will be paid and 2021. And of course, they will be under contract for one additional season beyond the original end date of their deal.

Here are the players who have chosen to opt out of the 2020 season. The code in the right-hand column indicates whether their decision was Voluntary, was made because they are in a High-Risk medical category, or if the type of opt out is Unknown.

Team Player Type
49ers WR Travis Benjamin V
Bears DT Eddie Goldman U
Bears DT S Jordan Lucas U
Bengals DT Josh Tupou U
Bengals OT Isaiah Prince U
Bills CB E.J. Gaines V
Bills DT Star Lotulelei V
Broncos DT Kyle Peko U
Broncos RT Ja’Wuan James U
Browns DT Andrew Billings U
Browns G Drew Forbes U
Browns G Malcolm Pridgeon U
Browns OL Colby Gossett H
Browns T Drake Dorbeck U
Buccaneers OT Brad Seaton H
Cardinals OL Marcus Gilbert H
Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif V
Chiefs OT Lucas Niang U
Chiefs RB Damien Williams U
Colts DB Marvell Tell U
Colts DB Rolan Milligan U
Colts LB Skai Moore U
Cowboys CB Maurice Canady V
Cowboys FB Jamize Olawale U
Cowboys WR Stephen Guidry V
Dolphins WR Albert Wilson V
Dolphins WR Allen Hurns V
Eagles WR Marquise Goodwin V
Giants CB Sam Beal U
Giants OL Nate Solder U
Giants WR Da’Mari Scott U
Jaguars CB Rashaan Melvin V
Jaguars DT Al Woods U
Jaguars EDGE Lerentee McCray V
Jets LB C.J. Mosley U
Jets OL Leo Koloamatangi U
Lions C Russell Bodine U
Lions DT John Atkins U
Lions WR Geronimo Allison U
Packers WR Devin Funchess V
Panthers LB Christian Miller H
Panthers LB Jordan Mack U
Patriots FB Dan Vitale V
Patriots FS Devin McCourty U
Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower V
Patriots OL Marcus Cannon H
Patriots OL Najee Toran V
Patriots RB Brandon Bolden V
Patriots S Patrick Chung U
Patriots TE Matt LaCosse U
Patriots WR Marqise Lee V
Raiders DB D.J. Killings U
Raiders DE Jeremiah Valoaga U
Raiders LB Ukeme Eligwe U
Rams OT Chandler Brewer H
Ravens KR De’Anthony Thomas V
Ravens OL Andre Smith V
Redskins DE Caleb Brantley H
Redskins LB Josh Harvey-Clemons U
Saints TE Cole Wick U
Saints TE Jason Vander Laan U
Seahawks OL Chance Warmack V
Texans DT Eddie Vanderdoes V
Titans OL Anthony McKinney V
Vikings DT Michael Pierce H

The opt-out type is significant in two ways.

Players who make a voluntary decision to miss the season will be paid a $150,000 stipend for the year — and do not accrue a year of service in the league. Players who opt out because they have a high-risk medical condition (such as diabetes, asthma or cancer) receive a $350,000 stipend — and do accrue a year of service.

There has been confusion about how these amounts are counted against the salary cap. It was originally reported that the stipends were advances on each player’s 2021 contract, but salary cap sites like Spotrac first counted against them against the 2020 season. Spotrac has now moved those cap impacts to 2021.



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