2020 NFL opt-out deadline: Five players pick on the final day, including a Jet receiver

The NFL and NFLPA finalized the rules surrounding the opt-out protocol for the 2020 season earlier this week, as players decided whether playing football during the pandemic was a risk. The agreement set a firm deadline of 4 pm ET on Thursday, which has now come and gone. From here, players will only have the opportunity to choose “if a close family member becomes seriously ill with COVID or if they themselves are in a new high-risk condition,” Per nflpa.

There were two types of opt-out options. Players who qualify as a high-risk position will receive a $ 350,000 stipend that does not count as a salary advance, their contracts will be toll, and they will earn an earned season toward free agency. Those who do not qualify as high risk may opt for the voluntary opt-out option, which includes a $ 150,000 salary advance and toll of contracts for the 2021 season, but no credit for an earned season.

Five players were added to the opt-out list on Thursday: Jets WR Josh Doctson, Chiefs OT Lucas Niang, Bucs OT Brad Seighton, Jaguars CB Ration Melvin and Brown G Malcolm Prizon. You can also find Complete list of players who have dropped out of 2020 Broken down by the team in our tracker.

Below, you can catch up with the latest news from the deadline as it happened.