The deadline has come and gone for NFL players to decide to choose to opt out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and no new Green Bay Packers have chosen to do so. With the Packers staying off of Thursday’s transaction wire, the team will enter 2020 with just one player sitting out the season: wide receiver Devin Funchess.
Funchess made his decision early on, announcing on July 28th, the date that the Packers were due to report for training camp. Leading up to Thursday’s deadline, it seemed unlikely that any additional Packers would join him, based on head coach Matt LaFleur’s comments today and earlier in the week.
There are still provisions in place that will allow a player to opt out after the deadline. However, this will only be an option for a player who is newly diagnosed with one of the defined high risk medical conditions or for one who has had an immediate family member hospitalized from contracting COVID-19.
For now, the Packers’ active roster sits at 80 players, a number that does not include Funchess or the five players currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That list consists of kicker Mason Crosby, tight end Jace Sternberger, defensive lineman Treyvon Hester, long snapper Hunter Bradley, and outside linebacker Greg Roberts. The team has been able to enter the facility in a single group over the past few days after reaching the 80-man number, which will also be the maximum number of players it can have available when practices begin on April 15th.