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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

With most of the NFL’s COVID policy still up in the air, the league is reportedly giving players just over two weeks to decide if they want to be a part of the 2020 season.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league is planning to set an ‘opt out’ date of Aug. 1. That gives players 15 days to figure out if they feel comfortable playing football this year, and how to handle not receiving their 2020 salary.

Keep in mind that opt out date comes five days after players are expected to report to training camp.

Pelissero laid out a few other proposals as well, including a $40 million salary cap cut to accommodate for lost revenue. Such a move would result in all 32 NFL teams being over the cap. The NFLPA has proposed a solution that involves putting money in escrow, something the owners have been against.

With rookies for two teams (Texans and Chiefs) expected to report Monday, the NFL and NFLPA still have a lot to figure out, and not a lot of time.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at

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