Happy Wednesday. No San Francisco 49ers have opted out yet, though former Niners wideout Marquise Goodwin shared this video on Tuesday:
I love to joke as much as anyone, but making fun of a player that opts out or equating their decision to football doesn’t sit well with me. They are humans, too. Let’s get into some links.
The 49ers have kept their eye on veteran tight ends this offseason and that included Austin Hooper early in free agency. With Hooper signed to the largest tight end contract in the league, San Francisco has turned their attention to Reed and Walker, two players who have recently missed a lot of time with injuries. George Kittle will be 90% snap player and an early second-round fantasy pick even if the 49ers land a veteran like the ones mentioned here.
“I don’t see the league saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to shut down if 10 people get it, 15 people get it, 50 people get it,’” Sherman said. “I see them saying, ‘Hey, remove those people, replace them with new people, and continue the game.’
“If half a team gets it, forfeit the game, and next game keep moving forward. That’s the way I see them finishing.”
He predicted that if a team had an outbreak they would “forfeit the game” and quarantine those people unless the teams can find replacements. He understood that the 2020 season might not be the best looking game since training camps and preseason games were cut down.
Teams have the option of trimming their rosters from 90 to 80 by August 16. The new coronavirus protocols say that teams with 90 players on their rosters must use split-squad rules, meaning only half the team could be in the facility or on the practice field at once. Full-team work is allowed if rosters are reduced to 80.
Other players added to the active/physically unable to perform list (PUP): defensive end Ronald Blair III, receiver Shawn Poindexter and defensive linemen Kentavius Street and Jullian Taylor. Joining Samuel on the active/non-football injury list (NFI) is defensive back D.J. Reed, who tore a pectoral muscle this offseason.
Players on active PUP and NFI don’t count towards the offseason roster total and can be activated at any time. If they remain on the lists after final cuts, which typically happen a week before the regular season opener, they must remain on those lists for the first six weeks of the regular season. If not, they must be added to the active roster, released or placed on injured reserve.