Players across the NFL have chosen to opt out of playing in the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.
On Wednesday, two members of the Browns roster also decided to opt out as offensive guard Drew Forbes and offensive tackle Drake Dorbeck were placed on the reserve/opt out list.
According to league rules, players can opt out for any reason. If you choose to opt out without any health risk, the player will be paid $150,000 for the 2020 season but if a player is a high risk, the player will be paid $350,000 for the 2020 season. Undrafted rookies are not qualified to receive the opt-out pay.
Forbes was drafted by the Browns last season in the sixth round out of Southeast Missouri State appearing in two games. Dorbeck was signed earlier in the offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi.
The opt outs do take a hit to the Browns offensive line depth as Forbes was expected to compete for the right guard position with Wyatt Teller while Dorbeck may have competed with Chris Hubbard and Kendall Lamm as a potential backup tackle although with the revised training camp schedule, it was unlikely he’d make the 53-man roster but could’ve been a practice squad candidate.
The team also placed tight end Pharaoh Brown on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. Practice doesn’t start until August 14 for the Browns but Brown can’t practice until he’s activated from the list.