In March of 2020, the world stopped, not literally but figuratively. The pandemic that we know today shook the world and all of sports. It started with the NBA; when just before a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz was about to tip-off, the league decided to cancel due to star player Rudy Gobert contracting the virus. This would then put the 2020 NFL season in question for the Chiefs and the rest of the league.
Obviously, the league did continue, but with precautious measures. Players opted out to be with their families, and teams had to do everything virtually. The 2020 season was one we may never forget. Teams were contracting the virus, forcing the NFL to schedule games on Tuesday, something that wasn’t done for a while before.
Just because the world is getting back to a better version of normalcy doesn’t mean the problems are gone. People are still getting the virus, and doctors are still learning about ways to help. Therefore, we could still see players opt out this year. However, they have until July 2nd to do so.
Chiefs Players Can Opt Out Before July 2nd
Last season we saw a few of the Chiefs own opt-out, and rightfully so. Super Bowl star Damien Williams opted out to stay with his family, in which he had a family member with bad health problems. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif chose to opt out and used his medical license to help the world during the pandemic. The Chiefs 2020 third-round pick Lucas Niang also chose to opt-out.
We can’t blame any of these players for doing so because there was so much unknown at that time. Now, the Chiefs have cut Williams after seeing how well Darrel Williams and Edwards-Helaire played during the playoffs. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif decided to break from saving the world and joining the team this season, along with rookie Lucas Niang.
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