Ahead of the NFL's Thursday 4pm ET deadline for opting out of the 2020 NFL season, TSN.ca tracks the latest news and rumours from around the league.
White Sounds Off, But Will Play
Buffalo Bills All-Pro cornerback Tre'Davious White has not opted out of 2020 and will play, reports ESPN's Chris Mortenson.
Bills All-Pro CB Tre'Davious White is playing the 2020 season, per @mortreport.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2020
The decision comes after White responded to the criticism he has faced for saying that he was undecided about the season on Wednesday.
"Crazy that me choosing my family’s wellbeing over a game comes with so called fans attacking and questioning me and saying I’m selfish," White wrote on Twitter. "No you guys are selfish for thinking that football is bigger than life. Oh by the way my girl’s grandfather passed from COVID. U understand now?"
White, a First-team All-Pro selection last season, has started every game he's appeared in and missed only one game in three seasons with the Bills.
"At the end of the day, like no matter what, my family is going to come first, no matter what's going on and how big of a season," White said Wednesday on a Zoom call.
Selected 27th overall in 2017 out of LSU, the 25-year-old was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time last season after recording a career-high six interceptions.
More to come?
Despite a quiet start to opt-out deadline day, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reports he's hearing that "plenty of players are still seriously considering opting out."
Florio adds that players with fully guaranteed salaries are more likely to do so since their contracts will slide to the 2021 season, meaning they would not have to worry about being cut next year.
Chiefs lose another OL
Kansas City Chiefs tackle Lucas Niang has decided to opt out of the 2020 season, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Niang, the team's third-round pick in this year's draft, is the second Chiefs offensive lineman to opt out, joining guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
Running back Damien Williams has also opted out for the Chiefs.
Niang brings the league opt-out total to 61 players.