Miami Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns officially opted out of the 2020 NFL season and is the first Dolphin to do so.
Hurns Issues Opt Out Statement
Hurns posted on his Instagram page that it wasn’t an easy decision, but with a baby boy due in the coming months he put his family first.
“Definitely wasn’t an easy decision but I’ve decided to opt out the 2020 season to do what’s best for my family and I especially with a baby boy on the way,” Hurns said. “I will continue to support my team and brothers across the league whole heartedly and wishing them the best going forward this season, all love.”
Last season was Hurns’ first in Miami after spending time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys.
He started seven games last season, appeared in 14, and earned a two-year contract extension through 2021 in November.
Flores Supports Hurns’ Decision, Issues Statement
Head coach Brian Flores released a statement following Hurns’ decision, who was in full support of the decision.
“I understand and completely support Allen’s decision. It wasn’t an easy choice and I know he put a lot of thought into it. He had conversations with the people closest to him and did what he felt was best for him and his family,” Flores said. “I respect the process he went through and how he came to this decision. I wish him all the best and look forward to working with him next year.”
Hurns Could’ve Been a Starter in 2020
Hurns could have possibly been the team’s No. 3 option at WR behind No. 1 DeVante Parker and No. 2 Albert Wilson, but with WR Preston Williams being officially cleared on Monday to resume all football activities following his ACL tear Hurns would’ve likely been pushed to No. 4.
Opt Out Deadline, Veteran Targets
The NFL deadline for player opt outs is Thursday at 4 p.m. and there are no indications whether any other Dolphins are planning to opt out at this time.
Additionally, there are rumors that Miami could bring in a veteran free agent WR to help the corps if Williams and Wilson aren’t available to begin the season.