Thursday Opt-Out Deadline, COVID-19 Discipline Schedule Among Changes to 2020 NFL CBA

August 04, 2020 - 8:49 am

When the new NFL CBA was approved back in March, putting it into effect until 2030, the planning didn't quite center around a worldwide pandemic. But, because that was exactly what transpired, and is still raging, five months later, some temporary changes needed to be made.

Those changes, according to NFL reporter Tom Pelissero, have all been agreed upon between the NFL and the NFL Players Association and officially reviewed by the union.

The highlights are as follows:

- The deadline to opt out of the 2020 NFL season is 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 6. A player can opt out past this date in two situations: a) he is newly diagnosed with a high-risk condition or, b) a player's family member dies or is hospitalized due to COVID-19 or a related condition.

- The entire salary of a player who opts out, including the unearned cash, bonuses and prorated signing bonus, will be taken off the teams' 2020 salary caps.

- A player determined to be higher-risk will qualify for a $350,000 stipend if they decide to opt out.

- The league has given teams more leeway in the event that a player tests positive for COVID-19 in the middle of the season.

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