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.
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.
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