The Washington Football Team has seen two players decide to opt-out of the 2020 season due to concerns playing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, defensive lineman Caleb Brantley became the first player to opt-out. Brantley was deemed high-risk and will earn a stipend of $350,000. On Monday, linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons announced his decision to skip the 2020 season, citing the health of his two sons that have asthma.
In an exclusive interview with Ben Standig of The Athletic, Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was asked his general opinion about decisions to opt-out (the interview was conducted before Harvey-Clemons announced his decision). Del Rio's answer speaks for itself.
"I have personal views that would probably not sit well with my professional occupation right now," Del Rio told Standig. "I think I’ll just leave it like that."
While Del Rio declined to explain his personal opinion on the matter, a recent tweet from the defensive coordinator perhaps gives a clue of his thoughts.
"I think most players understand the risk of playing the game of football," Del Rio tweeted on June 23. "The priority is not trying to be perfectly safe .....if so perhaps you should never drive your car."
On the bright side for Del Rio, no defensive starters have decided to opt-out for Washington yet. At the most, both Brantley and Harvey-Clemons were expected to provide depth at their respective positions, but neither were locks to make the roster, either.
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