Marquise Goodwin has become the latest player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season, joining a growing list of players who are prioritizing their safety instead of taking the risk in playing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Goodwin was set for his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles, after spending the last three years with the San Francisco 49ers. Goodwin signed a one-year, $1.35 million deal with Philadelphia, which will now be put on hold until next season. Goodwin's decision, according to Ian Rappoport, was primarily motivated by his family, as his wife gave birth to their daughter earlier this year after suffering multiple miscarriages.
"Source: #Eagles speedy WR Marquise Goodwin plans to opt-out for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns," Rappoport tweeted. "He has informed the team, who traded for him during the draft. Goodwin has a 5-month daughter after his wife previously had three miscarriages. Family is the most important."
The NFL is facing a lot of questions as the league heads into training camp, with several high-profile players openly questioning the league's lack of preparation for the upcoming season. And now, several players have decided to skip the season altogether rather than hope that the NFL is able to figure out a plan in a little over a month.
While the NBA's bubble plan seems to be going off without much trouble, the MLB and NFL have opted to try and pull off their seasons while allowing players and personnel to live their normal lives. It's a risky plan, as the Miami Marlins are already experiencing an outbreak less than a week into the resumed season. Is the NFL doomed to have a similar experience?