Opt-out deadline passes, with 66 NFL players taking option

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The deadline for players to opt out for 2020 passed at 4 pm ET on Thursday evening. A total of 66 players opted out of the season.

(Offensive lineman Larry Warford is not on the list because he is a free agent.)

66 players will look at their contracts, whether opt out is voluntary or high risk.

Players with the high-risk designation receive a stipend of $ 350,000, while the voluntary selection boycott gets a $ 150,000 salary advance they must pay back in 2021.

The Falcons, Steelers and Chargers had no players. The Patriots had selected eight players – linebacker Donut Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, Brandon Bolden, Tait & Matt LaCosse, fullback Danny Vitale, receiver Marquis Lee and offensive lineman Nazi Toran.

Other big names to pull out were: Damian Williams, Chief Offensive Lineman Laurent DuVernay-Tardif, Broncos Offensive Lineman Ja’Waun James, Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and Jets linebacker CJ Mosley.

Now, players can only exit under limited circumstances. The two exceptions are 1.) if a player receives a new diagnosis that puts him in the high-risk category; OR 2.) If a player’s family member dies or is hospitalized due to COVID-19.