If the Cincinnati Bengals are to experience a successful campaign, they can’t afford to have these five players opt-out of the season.
In the NFL’s most recent proposal to the player association, they’ve included the option to opt-out of the upcoming season. The potential of players sitting out should come as no surprise, as sports fans have already seen individuals go that route in other major sports leagues, such as the NBA and MLB.
Adding more tension to the situation is the fact that a player’s decision to opt-out is final, meaning they won’t be able to play again until the 2021 slate, even if they change their minds or circumstances shift. Of course, this suggested plan could change down the line but for now, it’s the proposal on the table.
So far, there has been no indication that any members of the Cincinnati Bengals would prefer to wait out the 2020 season, but with so many unknown variables, the possibility that at least one player does so definitely remains. Whether it be underlying health issues, family concerns, or another matter, there are plenty of reasons for someone to decide not to suit up.
Zac Taylor and Co. may be able to weather the storm at certain positions, thanks to solid depth. However, as is the case with any rebuilding team, there are a few players the organization simply can’t afford to lose for the season.