Report: NFL to move up opt-out deadline for 2020 season

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The National Football League has seen a tremendous amount 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.

NFL to move up opt-out deadline for 2020 season

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.

NFL stars who have opted out of 2020 season

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.