The deadline for players to opt out of 2020 ends at 4 pm Eastern Time on Thursday. A total of 66 players have opted out of this season.
(Offensive linesman Larry Wofford is not on the list because he is a free agent.)
Whether the withdrawal is voluntary or high-risk, these 66 players will see their contract tolls.
Players with high-risk designations will receive a $350,000 allowance, while players who voluntarily quit will receive a salary advance of $150,000, which they must repay in 2021.
No players from the Falcons, Steelers and Stormtroopers quit. The Patriots have eight players who opted out-center back Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, defender Brandon Bolden (Brandon) Bolden), near-end Matt LaCosse (Matt LaCosse), defender Danny Vitale (Danny Vitale), receiver Marqise Lee (Marqise Lee) and offensive winger Nagy Tolan ( Najee Toran).
Other big players who opted out were: Chiefs running back to Damian Williams, Chiefs offensive rebounder Laurent Dufnet Tadif, Broncos offensive rebounder Javam James, Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and jet guard CJ Mosley.
Now, players can only opt-out under limited circumstances. The two exceptions are: 1.) If the player receives a new diagnosis, class him as a high-risk category; or 2.) If the player’s family member died or was hospitalized due to COVID-19.