The NFL wants to shorten the deadline for its opt-out policy due to concerns about players taking advantage of the situation, the NFL reports Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk.
From Pro Football Talk:
“Teams are concerned that some players who think they will not make it to the team choose to opt out and take the six-digit stipend. While players would apparently have to pay the money back to the teams if they don’t In 2021, no team wants to chase a former player next year to raise $ 150,000 or $ 350,000.
Another concern is a problem we identified earlier: some agents, by source, use the threat of an opt-out as leverage to deliver new contracts to their customers. “
That report did not fit Patriots security Devin McCourty well.
“I think it’s an absolute joke that the NFL is changing the opt-out period, especially since they don’t want men to keep opting out. I’m sure they’re shocked at how many guys signed out,” McCourty said during a Zoom on Sunday. interview with reporters. “I hate it. I think it’s BS that the league changed that date.”
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“I think it’s an absolute joke that the NFL is changing the opt-out period, especially since they don’t want men to keep opting out. I’m sure they are shocked at how many guys have signed out … I hate it. I think it’s BS. Patriots security Devin McCourty pic.twitter.com/UuQZ2qZ14H
– Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 2, 2020
As of Sunday, 42 players have made the decision to opt out of the 2020 season, including eight Patriots players.
McCourty told reporters that he plans to play.
“Monday will be our first day in the building, so pretending guys are trying to make a decision about something other than virtual meetings is a joke,” he said. “When players understand how much power we have, we’ve seen things change for us. Especially with this deal, with the COVID-19 and getting everything back, we saw some of that power. Hopefully we’ll see how it all ends, comes Wednesday, when it becomes the deadline.
“I support boys no matter what they decide, but I’m still out here having fun and figuring things out. So we’ll see how we move on. “
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the deadline for cancellation can be postponed to Wednesday. The original deadline for players to opt out would be a week after the revised CBA was ratified, but it hasn’t happened yet.
McCourty believes that the opt-out deadline should not be postponed because the parties previously had an agreement.
“It’s the same when we signed the CBA. Sometimes some of the things we think are good sometimes work counterproductive,” he said. “We have rookies stuck in long-term contracts, and then [franchise] tagged and [franchise] tagged. Don’t you think we would like to change that at the CBA? But we cannot. That is the point to sign an agreement. ‘