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Former Duck De’Anthony Thomas opts out of 2020 NFL season

Oregon Ducks

De’Anthony Thomas will not see the field in 2020. 

The Baltimore Ravens kick returner has selected to opt out of the upcoming NFL season and has been added to the team’s reserve list, as confirmed by the Ravens Monday. 

The former Duck is the second player in the league to voluntarily opt out due to COVID-19 concerns. He will receive a $150,000 salary advance and his one-year contract will toll over to 2021. 

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Thomas was the primary returner for Baltimore last season, returning 13 punts for 93 yards and 10 kickoffs for 166 yards. He signed a one-year, $935,000 deal with the Ravens on March 16, but was considered a bubble player heading into camp. 

At Oregon, Thomas spent three seasons with the Ducks from 2011-13. He had a breakout season his freshman year in the 2012 Rose Bowl game, racking up 314 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including a 91-yard touchdown run. 

He elected to leave the Ducks following his true junior year after ranking 8th all-time on Oregon’s list of career rushing touchdown leaders. 

James Proche, a sixth-round rookie wide receiver out of SMU, is the leading candidate to take over the Thomas' role in Baltimore. 

Another player selecting to opt is out Chance Warmack, brother of Oregon offensive guard Dallas Warmack, who signed a one-year deal with Seattle this spring.


Warmack, a 10th overall pick in 2013 to the Titans, was looking to revive his NFL career after taking 2019 off to rehab multiple injuries. He last suited up for nine games with the Eagles in 2018, playing seven total offensive snaps.

Warmack told Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times that he has chosen to opt out after several people he's in close contact with contracted COVID-19. 

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