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Buffalo Bills’ Tre’Davious White not among 66 NFL opt outs

Buffalo had two players opt out.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills had two players opt out of the 2020 NFL season as the 4 PM deadline passed on Thursday—but one of them was not cornerback Tre’Davious White. White would have been the highest-profile player in the league to opt out, and the young cornerback seriously considered it, before ultimately deciding to play in 2020.

White’s long-time girlfriend’s grandfather passed away from COVID-19, and with two small children at home, it would have been understandable if he sat out the season. He came to the facility this week to scope out the changes and restrictions before agreeing to play this year. It gets him one year closer to his $10 million salary in 2021 and a bigger contract after that.

The two Bills players to opt out were starting DT Star Lotulelei and depth CB E.J. Gaines. Many offensive and defensive linemen opted out. With the close quarters of the line play and the side effects of having a very large BMI and high weight, these players are at a much higher risk of complications from the coronavirus.

Former Bills players WR Marquise Goodwin, DT Kyle Peko and OL Russel Bodine also opted out. Peko’s wife is recovering from cancer treatment and he was one of the first players to opt out. Goodwin and his wife have spoken publicly about their miscarriages and didn’t want to jeopardize their young daughter.

The only way to be added to the list now is to be diagnosed with something that would move a player from the low-risk category to the high-risk category; asthma, cancer, compromised immune system, sickle cell, and high blood pressure are just some of the high-risk factors. They can also opt out if a family member is hospitalized or dies from COVID-19.

Here’s the complete list of players around the league who won’t be playing in 2020.

Arizona Cardinals: OL Marcus Gilbert

Baltimore Ravens: KR De’Anthony Thomas, OL Andre Smith

Buffalo Bills: DT Star Lotulelei, CB E.J. Gaines

Carolina Panthers: LB Jordan Mack, LB Christian Miller

Chicago Bears: DT Eddie Goldman, S Jordan Lucas

Cincinnati Bengals: DT Josh Tupou, OT Isaiah Prince

Cleveland Browns: DT Andrew Billings, T Drake Dorbeck, G Drew Forbes, OL Colby Gossett, G Malcolm Pridgeon

Dallas Cowboys: CB Maurice Canady, WR Stephen Guidry, FB Jamize Olawale

Denver Broncos: DT Kyle Peko, RT Ja’Wuan James

Detroit Lions: DT John Atkins, WR Geronimo Allison, C Russell Bodine

Green Bay Packers: WR Devin Funchess

Houston Texans: DT Eddie Vanderdoes

Indianapolis Colts: LB Skai Moore, DB Rolan Milligan, DB Marvell Tell

Jacksonville Jaguars: EDGE Lerentee McCray, CB Rashaan Melvin, DT Al Woods

Kansas City Chiefs: OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RB Damien Williams, OT Lucas Niang

Las Vegas Raiders: DB D.J. Killings, DE Jeremiah Valoaga, LB Ukeme Eligwe

Los Angeles Rams: OT Chandler Brewer

Miami Dolphins: WR Allen Hurns, WR Albert Wilson

Minnesota Vikings: DT Michael Pierce

New England Patriots: OL Marcus Cannon, LB Dont’a Hightower, FB Dan Vitale, RB Brandon Bolden, OL Najee Toran, WR Marqise Lee, S Patrick Chung, TE Matt LaCosse

New Orleans Saints: TE Jason Vander Laan, TE Cole Wick

New York Giants: OL Nate Solder, WR Da’Mari Scott, CB Sam Beal

New York Jets: OL Leo Koloamatangi, LB C.J. Mosley, WR Josh Doctson

Philadelphia Eagles: WR Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers: WR Travis Benjamin, OL Shon Coleman

Seattle Seahawks: OL Chance Warmack

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Brad Seaton

Tennessee Titans: OL Anthony McKinney

Washington Football Team: DE Caleb Brantley