Another member of the Cleveland Browns roster has opted out of the 2020 season.
Defensive tackle Andrew Billings is the third player to elect to sit out this upcoming season because of health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Offensive linemen Drew Forbes and Drake Dorebeck also opted out last week.
Billings signed with the Browns in free agency earlier this offseason to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million including a $1.5 million signing bonus. By opting out, Billings will receive $150,000 for the 2020 season which will come out of his 2021 salary.
The 25-year-old was entering his fifth NFL season after spending his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after they selected him in the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Baylor. After he missed his rookie season due to injury, Billings had 80 tackles (14 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks in 47 games over the last three seasons.
Billings was expected to be a big contributor at the defensive tackle position alongside Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi. As of now, third-round pick Jordan Elliott and returning players Daniel Ekuale and Eli Ankou will now look to try and impress the coaching staff to fill the void left by Billings.