2020 NFL Opt-Out Tracker

Dec 21, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) smiles as he leaves the field during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Here at Prime Time Sports Talk, we’re tracking every NFL player who has opted out of the 2020 season as COVID-19 looms strong.

Baltimore Ravens

  • Andre Smith, OL
    Despite re-signing with Baltimore this offseason, offensive lineman Andre Smith has decided to opt out of playing in the 2020 NFL season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

  • De’Anthony Thomas, KR/WR
    The Ravens announced on Monday, July 27 that returner and wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas had voluntarily opted out of the 2020 NFL season. No immediate reason was given.

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

  • Jordan Mack, LB
    Rookie linebacker Jordan Mack, who joined the Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia, is the first Carolina player to opt out of the season.

Chicago Bears

  • Eddie Goldman, DT
    The Bears are losing a talented member of their defense as Eddie Goldman has decided to opt out of the 2020 season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Cleveland Browns

  • Drew Forbes, OL
    Browns guard Drew Forbes opted out of the season, according to an announcement from the team.
  • Drake Dorbeck, OL
    Browns tackle Drake Dorbeck opted out of the season, according to an announcement from the team.

Dallas Cowboys

  • Stephen Guidry, WR
    According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Cowboys wideout Stephen Guidry has decided to opt out of his rookie season after the team signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State.

  • Maurice Canady, CB
    Cowboys cornerback Maurice Canady voluntarily opted out of the 2020 season, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. No immediate reason was given regarding Canady’s decision to opt out of the season.

Denver Broncos

  • Kyle Peko, DT
    Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko informed the team that he intends to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Detroit Lions

  • John Atkins, DT
    Defensive tackle John Atkins became the first Lions player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com first reported Atkins intended to sit out.

Green Bay Packers

  • Devin Funchess, WR
    Funchess announced on Instagram that he was opting out of the 2020 NFL season. The former Panthers and Colts wideout signed with Green Bay this past offseason.

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Houston Texans

  • Eddie Vanderdoes, DT
    Another defensive lineman will be absent from football in 2020 after Houston’s Eddie Vanderdoes opted out of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OL
    Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season when he announced his decision in a letter on July 24. Rather than lining up in the trenches this year, Duvernay-Tardif will continue to fight COVID-19 as an orderly in Canada.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Michael Pierce, DL
    Michael Pierce is sitting out the 2020 season, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The highly-touted nose tackle is being cautious with his respiratory issues.

New England Patriots

  • Patrick Chung, S
    Yet another Patriot is sitting out the 2020 season. Veteran safety Patrick Chung tells ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss that he will not play football this year.

  • Marcus Cannon, OL
    New England Patriots starting right tackle Marcus Cannon is opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Karen Gueregian of Boston Herald.

  • Dont’a Hightower, LB
    The highest-profile player to opt-out so far, Dont’a Hightower will miss the 2020 season after the birth of his baby on July 16, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com first reported.

  • Brandon Bolden, RB
    The Patriots’ depth took a hit on Tuesday with the opt-out of Brandon Bolden, a running back who has been a coach- and fan-favorite in New England for several years. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com was first to report the news of Bolden’s decision.

  • Danny Vitale, FB
    After signing with New England to replace veteran James Develin, Vitale announced (via his agent and Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY) that he will opt out of the 2020 NFL season.

  • Najee Toran, OL
    The Patriots’ depth in the trenches took another hit as Najee Toran decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, according to Jim McBride of Boston Globe.

New Orleans Saints

  • Jason Vander Laan, TE
    Vander Laan became the second Saints tight end to opt out of the season when he did so on Tuesday night, according to Larry Holder of The Athletic.

  • Cole Wick, TE
    Saints tight end Cole Wick opted out of the 2020 season on Tuesday. The four-year NFL veteran cited his asthma condition as the main reason why he would be sitting out.

New York Giants

  • Nate Solder, OL
    Solder announced that he and his family have decided it would be best for them to to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. Solder is a cancer survivor with a son who is currently fighting his own battle with cancer.

New York Jets

  • Leo Koloamatangi, OL
    The Jets saw their first opt-out come in the form of an offensive lineman as Leo Koloamatangi made the decision to sit out the 2020 season, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Koloamatangi is believed to be the only Jets player who does not intend to play this season.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Marquise Goodwin, WR
    Goodwin, acquired from San Francisco this offseason, will sit out the 2020 campaign following the birth of his daughter, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Seattle Seahawks

  • Chance Warmack, OL
    Once a first-round pick, Warmack will opt out of the 2020 NFL season after signing with the Seahawks this spring. Warmack did not appear in a game in 2019.

Tennessee Titans

  • Anthony McKinney, OL
    According to Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, undrafted rookie offensive lineman Anthony McKinney is opting out of the 2020 season. No reason was given.

Washington Football Team

  • Caleb Brantley, DE
    According to the NFL’s official transaction log, Brantley opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the first high-risk player to do so.

Free Agents

  • Larry Warford, OL
    Warford, a three-time Pro Bowl guard, is opting out of the 2020 season to focus on starting a family, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Warford hit the free agent market this spring after an impressive stint with the New Orleans Saints.

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