Over 60 NFL Player Opt-Out of NFL Season

The upcoming season for the NFL has already seen plenty of changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic including the loss of all pre-season games. Now, another change has been finalized as over 60 NFL players have opted out of playing in 2020 citing COVID related concerns.

According to the NFL Players Association and NFL, only three teams saw no players opt-out by the agreed-upon deadline on Thursday. A complete list of players and teams are listed below.

The plan allowed players to opt-out of the season while earning a $350,000 stipend for those with high-risk COVID-19 situations and $150,000 for players in lower risk situations. While the deadline has passed, there is still a window for players to leave down the road in the case of an emergency.



A good example would be a family member becoming ill, the player showing symptoms, and more. In those cases, the player would have to provide their teams with a written notice which would make the player ineligible to return for the rest of the season.

The season kicks off September 11, with the Houston Texans taking on the Kansas City Chiefs who are the defending champs.

NFL Futures for Winning the Super Bowl

It’s not clear how opt-outs will affect odds during the season but there’s a good chance oddsmakers will follow the same methods used when a player is injured going into a game. As for now, betting futures see Kansas City as being the favorite for winning the Super Bowl. Here’s how the odds break down according to intertops.

Kansas City Chiefs +550

Baltimore Ravens +700

San Francisco 49ers +900

New Orleans Saints +1000

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1200

Dallas Cowboys +1400

Seattle Seahawks +1600

New England Patriots +2000

Indianapolis Colts +2200

Pittsburgh Steelers +2500

Minnesota Vikings +2500

Philadelphia Eagles +2500

Green Bay Packers +2500

Buffalo Bills +2500

Cleveland Browns +2800

Los Angeles Chargers +3300

Tennessee Titans +3300

Arizona Cardinals +3300

Los Angeles Rams +4000

Chicago Bears +4000

Atlanta Falcons +4000

Houston Texans +5000

Denver Broncos +5000

Las Vegas Raiders +6000

Detroit Lions +6600

Miami Dolphins +8000

New York Giants +10000

Cincinnati Bengals +10000

New York Jets +10000

Carolina Panthers +12500

Washington Football Team +15000

Jacksonville Jaguars +25000

NFL Opt-Out List by Team

A few teams did not have any players opt-out. They are the Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Arizona Cardinals

  • OT Marcus Gilbert

Baltimore Ravens

  • OT Andre Smith
  • WR De'Anthony Thomas

Buffalo Bills

  • CB E.J. Gaines
  • DL Star Lotulelei

Carolina Panthers

  • LB Jordan Mack
  • LB Christian Miller

Chicago Bears

  • DT Eddie Goldman
  • S Jordan Lucas

Cincinnati Bengals

  • OT Isaiah Prince
  • DL Josh Tupou

Cleveland Browns

  • DT Andrew Billings
  • OT Drake Dorbeck
  • OG Drew Forbes
  • OG Colby Gossett
  • OG Malcolm Pridgeon

Dallas Cowboys

  • CB Maurice Canady 
  • WR Stephen Guidry
  • FB Jamize Olawale

Denver Broncos

  • OT Ja'Wuan James
  • DL Kyle Peko

Detroit Lions

  • WR Geronimo Allison
  • DL John Atkins
  • C Russell Bodine

Green Bay Packers

  • WR Devin Funchess

Houston Texans

  • DL Eddie Vanderdoes

Indianapolis Colts

  • S Rolan Milligan
  • LB Skai Moore
  • S Marvell Tell

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • LB Lerentee McCray 
  • CB Rashaan Melvin
  • DL Al Woods

Kansas City Chiefs

  • OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
  • OL Lucas Niang
  • RB Damien Williams

Las Vegas Raiders

  • LB Ukeme Eligwe
  • DB D.J. Killings
  • DE Jeremiah Valoaga 

Los Angels Rams

  • OT Chandler Brewer

Miami Dolphins

  • WR Allen Hurns
  • WR Albert Wilson II

Minnesota Vikings

  • DL Michael Pierce

New England Patriots

  • RB Brandon Bolden 
  • OT Marcus Cannon 
  • S Patrick Chung
  • LB Dont'a Hightower
  • TE Matt LaCosse 
  • WR Marqise Lee
  • OL Najee Toran
  • FB Danny Vitale

New Orleans Saints

  • TE Jason Vander Laan 
  • TE Cole Wick

New York Giants

  • CB Sam Beal
  • WR Da'Mari Scott
  • OT Nate Solder

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New York Jets

  • WR Josh Doctson
  • OL Leo Koloamatangi
  • LB C.J. Mosley

Philadelphia Eagles

  • WR Marquise Goodwin

San Fransico 49ers

  • WR Travis Benjamin
  • OT Shon Coleman
  • C Jake Brendel

Seattle Seahawks

  • OG Chance Warmack

Tamp Bay Buccaneers

  • OT Brad Seaton

Tennessee Titans

  • OT Anthony McKinney

Washington DC Football Team

  • DL Caleb Brantley
  • LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

About the Author

Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

Whitaker, known as “the Deck Chef,” has a culinary, history and journalism background. He credits this for his cookbook writing style. “My books are people based. I interview, gather recipes from real people and sources – and combine the recipes with back-stories. My cookbooks are slices of culinary history.”

Whitaker can also be found on TV, Radio, Print, and as a celebrity spokesperson. He has appeared on radio and TV including Food Network. He’s the Emeril Live Barbecue Contest winner and columnist for the National Barbecue News.

Whitaker has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, ARCA Racing, The NFL, SEC Football, Professional Golf and more. His books include:

·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

·      The Hometown Cookbook Series; The Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, as well as Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.

·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

·      Talladega Superspeedway

·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

Kent has worked with several brands as spokesperson. Companies include Check Mark, ALPO, TimberTech, Vermont Castings, Pabst Blue Ribbon, E.H. Campbell Trading, Big Show Foods, and others. Whitaker, and his wife Allyson, hosted a NASCAR and racing themed show on ESPN Radio for several years. That show has morphed into a weekly short format tailgate show heard on over 50 affiliates nationwide.

Kent is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and severed on the National Staff as an AUXCHEF/AUX Food Service Specialist and National Branch Chief.

Kent and his wife Allyson live in Tennessee and have one ARMY Strong son, Macee. You can visit him online at www.thedeckchef.com and Twitter/Instagram @thekentwhitaker.