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NFL Players Have Until July 2 to Opt Out of 2021 Season

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While the COVID-19 pandemic finally appears to be nearing its end, NFL players will still have the option to opt out of the upcoming 2021 season, and they will have until July 2 to do so.

Players must inform their clubs of their intentions to opt out by 4 p.m. ET next Friday, but individuals deemed “high-risk” will once again be given a $350,000 stipend, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Voluntary opt outs by individuals not considered “high-risk” will not receive the stipend.

Pelissero also reported Wednesday that voluntary opt outs are only available to players who signed their contracts before Oct. 1, 2020. This means that rookies are ineligible.

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A rookie considered “high-risk” could still opt out, but the team that drafted them would retain their rights.

In addition, all opt-out decisions are final, as they were in 2020.

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