Chiefs’ Duvernay-Tardif becomes first to opt out for 2020

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the NFL’s first player to opt out of the season Friday night.Duvernay-Tardif, 29, earned a medical school degree from McGill University in 2018. The Canada native has worked during the offseason as an orderly at a long-term care facility near Montreal, and he said he would continue to work there during the NFL season.The decision means Duvernay-Tardif will make $150,000 from the NFL’s opt-out deal instead of the $2.75 million that he had been slated to earn, according to ESPN.The six-year veteran, who started 14 games at right guard for the Super Bowl champion Chiefs last season, chose to put others above himself.”This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote on his Twitter page.

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