New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (right) thinks the NFL's deadline for players to opt out of the 2020 season is not long enough. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL’s handling of its opt-out deadline has received bad reviews from at least one player.

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty called the league’s decision to move the deadline up an “absolute joke.” He pointed out that veterans will be in the building for the first time Monday and thought it was ridiculous that they would barely have any time to assess the situation there and make a final decision.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deadline for players to opt out is likely to be Wednesday. The player decisions are final, as the NFL does not want opt-outs being used as backdoor holdouts.

The NFL has legitimate reasons for limiting the opt-out period, but it does put players in a difficult position. McCourty may not be the only one feeling this way.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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