Former Florida standout linebacker ops out of 2020 NFL season
A second former Florida defensive standout has opted out of the 2020 NFL season, this time in Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Lerentee McCray. He joins Caleb Brantley as the other UF player who won’t play the 2020 season.
NFL players who voluntarily opt out of the season will receive a $150,000 stipend. Players who opt out for “medical reasons” will receive $300,000. It’s unclear which category McCray falls into.
The Jaguars released a statement Saturday from McCray on his decision.
“With the healthy and safety of my family in mind, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 season during these trying times in ‘Our Nation,'” McCray said in a statement. “I will miss being there with my teammates, coaches and Jaguar personnel competing on Sundays, but I feel that God has directed my steps to make this decision.”
“I was honored to be involved in our team’s social justice efforts during this offseason, and I look forward to continuing to support those affected in any way I can. My family and I appreciate the understanding and support of the Jaguars organization and our fans. We are praying and working for the healthy and safety for this great country! #toughtimesdontlasttoughpeopledo.”
McCray signed a 1-year deal worth a little over $1 million with the Jaguars on March 30.
In 6 career seasons with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Jaguars, McCray has played in 72 games recording 64 tackles, including 4 sacks.