Isaiah Prince will not be among the NFL players attempting to play through a pandemic this season.
The former Ohio State offensive tackle, who was set to enter training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals, has opted out of the 2020 NFL season, the Bengals announced Friday.
Roster Update: We've placed OT Isaiah Prince on the Reserve/Opt-Out list.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) July 31, 2020
Prince joins a list of more than 30 NFL players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns about COVID-19. He's the first former Ohio State player in the NFL to opt out.
Per the rules agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players Association, Prince's contract with the Bengals will be tolled into 2021 and he will be eligible for a salary advance of $150,000, unless he qualifies for a higher-risk opt out, in which case he would receive a $350,000 stipend and an accrued season toward free agency.
Selected by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft, Prince was claimed by the Bengals after being waived by the Dolphins in December. He played in four games with two starts for the Dolphins as a rookie, but did not play in any games after being picked up by the Bengals. The 2020 NFL season would have been his second in the league.