According to a report from NFL insider Tom Pelissero, five NFL teams have placed players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Those teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and Kansas City Chiefs.
The players placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list are Nigel Warrior (Ten), Kendall Futrell (Cin), Dontrell Hilliard (Cle), Jovante Moffatt (Cle), Jon’Vea Johnson (Dal), Aleva Hifo (KC).
With the 2020 NFL regular season set to kick off in less than two months, it will be very interesting to see how many players end up testing positive for COVID-19 and how that impacts the rest of their team.
Agreement between NFL/NFLPA could result in contract extension for Lions QB Matthew Stafford
The NFL and NFLPA have reached an agreement on player safety in regards to COVID-19, along with financial changes that will be spread out over the next few seasons.
In regards to the league’s financial situation, a big loss of revenue is being anticipated for 2020, which had an agreement not been reached, would have lowered the 2021 salary cap to a level at which many teams would not be able to handle. Instead, the agreement sets a floor of $175 million for the 2021 season, which the remainder of the potential losses from the 2020 season being spread out over 2022, 2023, and 2024. If the losses end up being less than projected, the 2021 cap would be higher than $175 million.
So, what does this mean for a team like the Detroit Lions?
The Lions are actually in decent shape according to Spotrac, as their current contracts for 2021 (45 players) add up to $171,898,576. That, coupled with the estimated 21,591,275 that they could roll over from the 2020 season, means they would have more flexibility than many teams in the league will have if the 2021 cap ends up at $175 million.
Erik Schlitt of Lions Wire recently agreed with a tweet suggesting that it could be a good time to give Matthew Stafford a contract extension, noting that he thinks “most teams with veteran QBs will be looking into altering their top players’ contract either via extension or by converting base salaries into bonuses.”
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