NFL Players Continuing to Opt Out
With the NFL season just around the corner, many players are coming out and stating that they will opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 24th, the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed to allow players to have the option of deciding whether or not they would like to play. Players who opt out will be eligible for a $150,000 paycheck, while players who are considered to be at high risk for the virus, will receive a greater compensation of $350,000. League officials have not determined a deadline for the collective bargaining agreement, but players must notify their team within seven days of the date that NFL and NFLPA agree upon. Notable players that have already opted out include Ravens Wide Receiver De’Anthony Thomas, Eagles Receiver Marquise Goodwin, and Chiefs Guard, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who is working on the front line to help stop the spread of COVID-19.