The National Football League has seen a huge number of star players decide to opt out of the 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That included New York Jets Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley on Saturday.
The league is now attempting to make sure fewer players decide to opt out for the season.
Opt-out deadline for NFL players is now expected to be moved up to either Tuesday or Wednesday, per league sources, depending on talks this weekend. NFL is pushing to move up the deadline from one week after the new CBA side-letter is signed, and it now is expected even sooner.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 1, 2020
The belief was that players would have one week from the time the restructured collective bargaining agreement becomes official to opt out. That’s obviously no longer going to be the case. High-risk players receive pay while opting out. Those not considered high risk get a mere stipend.
It will certainly be interesting to see who else decides to opt out of the season now that the NFL is on the verge of pushing up the deadline.