The NFL's opt-out deadline came and went Thursday, and the 49ers announced offensive linemen Shon Coleman and Jake Brendel will join wide receiver Travis Benjamin in deciding to sit out the upcoming 2020 season.
The #49ers announce OL Jake Brendel (UCLA) has opted out. The club also confirms Shon Coleman opted out.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) August 6, 2020
NFL Media's Tom Peliserro was first to report the Coleman news.
As NFL Media's Andrew Siciliano mentioned on Twitter, there is additional context behind Coleman's decision. Coleman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 18 years old.
Shon Coleman beat lymphoblastic leukemia as a teenager. https://t.co/flNxfjRjgZ— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) August 6, 2020
Coleman's absence could be significant, as he was expected to compete to be the 49ers' swing tackle, backing up both Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey. He signed a one-year contract to remain with San Francisco this offseason after fracturing his leg in the 2019 preseason opener and missing the rest of the season.
Those with personal histories of significant diseases are considered particularly at risk to the coronavirus, and as the Sacramento Bee's Chris Biderman suggested, Coleman likely is a candidate "for the $350,000 'high-risk' stipend given to players opting out due to serious medical conditions."
With Coleman's reported decision to opt out, his contract is expected to roll over to the 2021 season.
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