Melvin joined the Jaguars on a one-year, $1.75 million deal in March and was
expected to compete for a starting cornerback spot. The 30-year-old, a
six-year veteran, has played for the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, New
England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.
Last season in Detroit, he played in 13 games (12 starts) with 68 tackles and
11 passes defensed.
Melvin joins defensive tackle Al Woods and special-teams member Lerentee
McCray as Jaguars' opt-outs.
Other players to opt out on Thursday:
--Rookie offensive lineman Lucas Niang, drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in
the third round in the April. He is the only 2020 draft pick who won't play.
--New York Jets wide receiver Josh Doctson, who signed with the team in
February. Doctson, 27, was a first-round pick by Washington in 2016.
--Tampa Bay tackle Brad Seaton, who qualifies for the higher-risk stipend,
according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
--Guard Malcolm Pridgeon of the Cleveland Browns, who became the fifth member
of the team who won't play.
--San Francisco 49ers tackle Shon Coleman, who is a cancer survivor and could
qualify for the higher-risk stipend. He spent the 2019 season on injured
In all, 65 players were known to accept the NFL's option not to play amid the
coronavirus pandemic, with the majority being offensive and defensive linemen.
Eight members of the New England Patriots opted out.
One who was heavily considering opting out but didn't was Buffalo Bills
cornerback Tre'Davious White, who took to Twitter to blast people who
criticized him for even thinking about it.
"Crazy that me choosing my family's wellbeing over a game comes with so called
fans attacking and questioning me and saying I'm selfish," White wrote. "No
you guys are selfish for thinking that football is bigger than life. Oh by the
way my girl's grandfather passed from COVID. U understand now?"
Players considered high risk for COVID-19 will receive a $350,000 stipend and
an accrued NFL season if they decide to opt out. Players without risk can
receive $150,000, according to the agreement approved last week by the league
and the NFL Players Association, although the voluntary opt-out stipend is
solely an advance toward future salary. The stipend is not available to
--Field Level Media