The NFL allowed players to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 if they notified their team and the league office by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Of the over 1,600 players in the league, 64 of them (roughly 4%) have elected to opt out of the season. Of those 64 players that opted out, 5 of them are members of the Cleveland Browns.
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Per the final official list of opt-outs, published by Josh Edwards of CBS Sports, the Browns have more players electing not to play than the rest of the AFC North combined. The players, Andrew Billings (DT), Drake Dorbeck (OT), Drew Fores (OG), Colby Gossett (OG) and Malcolm Pridgeon (OG), can earn $350,000 if they are deemed “high risk.” The players that are not deemed to be at a higher risk will earn $150,000.
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Billings, who signed with the team in the offseason, was the only player expected to see the field for the Browns this season. Billings came over from one of the division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, and has a combined 80 tackles and 3.5 sacks over the last three seasons.