NFL gamers should resolve by July 2 in the event that they plan to choose out of enjoying this season as a consequence of COVID-19 issues, although gamers who voluntarily choose out won’t be paid any stipend this yr.
In a memo despatched to golf equipment Wednesday and obtained by The Related Press, the league and the NFL Gamers Affiliation agreed that solely high-risk gamers will obtain a stipend of $350,000. Voluntary opt-outs obtained a $150,000 stipend in 2020.
To qualify as excessive threat, a participant should have opted out final season and have an efficient contract executed earlier than Oct. 1, 2020, or have been newly recognized with a CDC-defined higher-risk situation. Rookies would not be eligible until they have been recognized with a high-risk situation after signing a contract.
A complete of 67 gamers opted out final yr earlier than vaccines have been out there.
The contract for any participant who opts out will toll on the finish of the yr, and all provisions of the 2021 contract will change into relevant to 2022. For gamers beneath contract past 2021, all subsequent years will likely be prolonged.
The NFL and the gamers’ union additionally agreed that absolutely vaccinated gamers who’ve a per-game roster bonus are eligible to obtain that bonus even when they miss a sport due to a COVID-19 analysis.
Groups may not be permitted to problem if a participant’s COVID-19 an infection is football-related if the participant was absolutely vaccinated on the time he contracted the virus and the participant obtained an preliminary destructive check upon well timed reporting to preseason coaching camp. Additionally, a workforce cannot problem if a completely vaccinated participant checks optimistic for COVID-19 upon getting back from a bye week.