JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars have their first opt-out of 2020.
Al Woods, a veteran defensive tackle, has informed the team he is opting out for the 2020 season. The Jaguars announced Woods' decision Friday morning.
Woods, an 11-year veteran signed, with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent this past offseason. He played with the Seattle Seahawks last season, and previously played for the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"While I was excited to join the Jaguars, I have made the tough decision – given the current status of COVID-19 – to opt out for the 2020 season," Woods said in a statement. "The health and safety of my family has always been the most important thing in my life. I love the game of football and will be rooting hard for my teammates this season, and I look forward to re-joining the Jaguars in 2021."
Said Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone: "As I mentioned to our media [Thursday], we all understand the risk associated with COVID-19, and we will fully support any of our players and coaches that choose to opt out this season. It is important for every individual to feel comfortable and to believe that they're doing what's right for themselves and their family.
"As an organization, we respect Al's decision and are fully understanding."
The NFL and NFL Players Association have yet to finalize the opt-out process. Players reportedly will have seven days from finalization to inform teams they plan to opt out. Players reportedly will not be able to reverse their decisions regarding opting out.