The start of the 2020 season is nearing closer, but that has only created more concerns aired by the players. In many cases, it has seen several electing not to play the upcoming campaign due to the lingering doubts about how the league will manage the coronavirus situation. With that chatter remaining prevalent, Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. recently stated that would be fine with not playing the 2020 season.
NFL players voicing concerns for 2020 season
As the 2020 season continues to roll closer, many players take strong stances with their concerns.
It led to the growing trend of players electing to bypass playing the campaign due to their doubts about the matter. The New England Patriots have had six players such as Patrick Chung and Dont’a Hightower declare that they won’t play next season. It’s a growing list that further underlines that the NFL needs to have coherent health measures in place.
Many of the league’s top players, such as Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt, and Aaron Donald, take social media to voice their concerns. The NFL has responded with agreeing to commit $75 million to daily testing, but there remains more to be done. Throughout all that, another star player is growing comfortable with the idea of not taking the field in 2020.
Odell Beckham Jr. could sit out 2020 season
There is much that remains up in the air regarding the dealing with the coronavirus.
The illness had a strong second wave in the United States that has only further raised concerns around the situation. That is the case for the NFL with the start of the 2020 season getting closer as star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. recently aired during his roundtable conversation with Victor Cruz, Todd Gurley, and Cam Newton. (H/T Deadspin)
“I’ve relaxed with the idea, I might not be playing. There might not be a season. There are other issues at hand that we have to handle first,” Beckham said, with Gurley nodding in agreement. Both players argued there is a need for a health protocol.
It isn’t that Beckham Jr. doesn’t want to play the 2020 campaign, but that there is still much that needs to be resolved. Beyond a thorough health plan to deal with the virus, the league has to hammer out the expected pay cut percentages with the NFLPA. That alone could hurt the league’s chance to play the season as scheduled if it lingers in any manner.
Many factors could play a pivotal role in altering how things transpire ahead of the 2020 season.
Expect more players will opt out
Throughout the entire process, the NFL has remained hopeful about playing the 2020 season.
They were the one professional sports league that had the window of time before their 2020 season when the coronavirus first hit the United States. The last couple of weeks have made it evident that they didn’t put forth the effort to help manage through the ongoing situation. That has put the league in a tight spot where more players are siding with precaution not to play next season.
There will be more players that go that route as the NFL stumbles through getting a coherent plan that the players union is comfortable with moving forward. The league has many more hurdles to get past first, which will see many more players elect to bypass playing in the 2020 campaign.
It’s a situation that the NFL has been poorly managed, which the pressure is on them to stabilize the situation. The clock is ticking, and there isn’t much time left for them to get the ball rolling in the right direction.