Quick thought on another potential opt-out for the Titans.
Earlier today Tennessee Titans fans saw Anthony McKinney opt-out of the 2020 NFL season, but he might not be the last player to do that.
We know that there are two ways a player can opt-out of the 2020 NFL season. The first is by opting out as a precautionary measure despite not being “high-risk” which leads in a $150,000 deal from the NFL.
The other option is for high-risk players to back out and receive $300,000 for 2020.
Neither of these are gifts from the NFL, but loans that they will be expected to pay back down the line. So there are no free handouts going on, but players are allowed to have access to money that was basically earmarked for the 2021 season.
Sadly, McKinney opted out without ever playing at the NFL level so he won’t make any money off of that deal because he has no contract to “borrow” from.
One player who is under contract is David Quessenberry who is scheduled to make an AAV of $762,000 over the next two years.
By all accounts, Quessenberry is a great guy who has overcome a lot to play in the NFL, specifically when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2014. While his story is outstanding, he may need to take the pragmatic approach this season and take a step back from football.
I’m not an Oncologist, so I can’t tell you exactly what the additional risks of playing in the NFL are for Quessenberry, but I can say that no one should fault him at all if he decides to forgo the 2020 season.
This would leave the Titans very thin at the tackle position with only rookies Isaiah Wilson and Brandon Kemp (UDFA) as well as journeyman Ty Sambrailo, behind the starting tackles.
Keep an eye on this as we wait for the deadline to approach, which again should be Monday.