Green Bay Packers WR, former Michigan star opts out of 2020 NFL season
Green Bay Packers wide receiver and former Michigan star Devin Funchess has decided to opt out of his contract for the 2020 NFL season. He made an announcement on Tuesday.
“Family is first. Always has been. Always will be,” Funchess said in a statement. “In such unpredictable times, it’s been one of the constants on my mind as I’ve worked through one of the toughest decisions of my life.
“My closest family members have experienced the life-threatening impact of COVID-19 first hand and for their own safety, I’ve decided to opt out of the upcoming NFL season. This was not a decision I took lightly but it’s what is best for my family and myself at this time.
“I can’t thank the Packers organization enough for their understanding and for giving me the opportunity to be part of one of the most storied franchises in the league. I look forward to getting back to work with them next season.”
Funchess is one of a handful of NFL players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season due to the ongoing pandemic. Many have cited personal health or the health and well-being of family members for their decisions to not participate in the upcoming season.
Funchess has spent five years in the NFL, spending the first four with the Carolina Panthers. Last year, he was a member of the Indianapolis Colts. In those five season, Funchess has totaled 164 catches for 2,265 yards and 21 touchdowns.