NFL opt-out deadline for 2021 season set for players

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Chargers players have until July 2 to decide if they want to opt out of the 2021 regular season.

Players must inform their clubs of their intentions to opt out by 1 p.m. PT next Friday, but individuals deemed “high-risk” to COVID-19 will once again be given a $350,000 stipend, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Voluntary opt outs by individuals not considered “high-risk” will not receive the stipend. This is only available to players who signed their contracts before Oct. 1, 2020, which means that rookies are ineligible.

A rookie considered “high-risk” could still opt out, but the team that drafted them would retain their rights.

Last year, Los Angeles didn’t have any of their players opt out.