The Washington Football Team has its first player to opt-out of the 2020 season, as defensive lineman Caleb Brantley has decided not to play in 2020.
I believe Washington DE Caleb Brantley is the first opt-out in the higher-risk category. https://t.co/1lYWMiwMla— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 27, 2020
Brantley's decision to opt-out is considered 'high-risk,' meaning he will earn the player minimum salary of $150,000 and will have an accrued season towards free agency. In March, Brantley re-signed with Washington on a one-year deal, meaning the defensive lineman will once again enter free agency in 2021.
The defensive lineman is the sixth player thus far to opt-out of the 2020 season and the first to do so with a 'high-risk' designation.
On the field, Brantley was expected to see limited snaps, as Washington's defensive line is arguably its strongest unit on the team. The 25-year-old played in just one game a season ago, landing on injured reserve with a foot injury. He appeared in seven contests with Washington in 2018, mainly as a special teams player.
Brantley, originally a sixth-round pick of the Browns in 2017, has spent the past two seasons with the Burgundy and Gold.
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