Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James announced his decision to opt out of the 2020 season on Monday.
"After continuous conversation with my family over the past couple weeks about the NFL figuring out a plan for the 2020 season, I've decided to opt out," James wrote in a letter that he posted on Twitter. "It is tough, but the right decision. There's just too much unknown about this virus about plans handling it going forward."
James, 28, also referenced his wife and newborn son as his top priorities.
The window for NFL players to opt out ends Tuesday.
Players considered high risk for COVID-19 can earn a $350,000 stipend and an accrued NFL season if they decide to opt out. Players without risk can receive $150,000, according to the agreement approved last week by the league and the NFL Players Association, although the voluntary opt-out stipend is solely an advance toward future salary. The stipend is not available to undrafted rookies.
James started three games for the Broncos in 2019 while playing in the first season of a four-year, $51 million deal.
He has started 65 games over six seasons with the Dolphins (2014-18) and Broncos since being selected by Miami with the 19th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.
--Field Level Media