Roundup: No players have opted out of 2021 season as deadline passes

Many NFL players exercised their right to opt-out of the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but there will be no such cases for the 2021 campaign.

No NFL players are believed to have opted out of the 2021 season, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday.

The deadline for players to inform clubs of an opt-out was Friday, July 2, and no such transactions were submitted for Tuesday’s personnel notice after the holiday weekend, according to Pelissero.

A total of 67 NFL players chose to take the high-risk or voluntary opt-out in 2020, including stars such as Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung, former Chiefs running back Damien Williams, Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder and New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley.

In June, the NFL and NFLPA agree to updated COVID-19 protocols for training camp and preseason. The NFL and NFLPA also agreed to more benefits for fully vaccinated players, according to a memo obtained by Pelissero.

*Here’s what else we’re monitoring around the NFL on Tuesday: *

  • The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with first-round quarterback Mac Jones, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
  • The San Francisco 49ers have waived linebacker Nathan Gerry, the team announced.

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