Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif announced via his Twitter account on Friday that he’s opting out of the 2020 season.
My decision regarding the 2020 NFL season pic.twitter.com/jrY3nZfNWO
— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) July 25, 2020
Duvernay-Tardif is the first NFL player to officially announce that he’s sitting out the season. He will receive a $150,000 stipend for the season as part of the agreement finalized between the NFL and NFLPA earlier in the day.
Duvernay-Tardif is a doctor and plans to continue working as an orderly at a long-term care facility in Canada, while helping to fight COVID-19.
Duvernay-Tardif, 29, is a former sixth-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2014. He was entering the final year of his rookie contract when he agreed to a six-year, $41.94 million extension that included $14 million guaranteed.
Duvernay-Tardif was set to make a base salary of $6.203 million for the 2020 season before agreeing to a restructured contract this past April that lowered his salary to $2.75 million.
In 2019, Duvernay-Tardif appeared in 14 games for the Chiefs and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 47 overall guard out of 81 qualifying players.