The San Francisco 49ers will have to compete in the 2020 season without the services of their newly acquired wide receiver, Travis Benjamin.
Benjamin is the first 49ers player to opt out of the 2020 campaign. The 30-year old took to Twitter to announce his decision to sit out his supposed debut season in the Bay Area.
“After much consideration and discussion with my family I have decided to opt out of the 2002 NFL season as I feel this is the best decision for my family.” Travis Benjamin tweeted. “I will continue to support my teammates and many friends around the league this season.”
— Travis Benjamin (@TravisBenjamin3) August 5, 2020
This comes a day after San Francisco GM John Lynch said that he wasn’t expecting anyone from his team to opt out of the season.
Benjamin signed a one-year contract with the 49ers just this April after four seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers. His move to San Francisco was supposed to further boost the team’s offense, with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle leading the way in search for another Super Bowl bid.
With the pandemic still present and a lot of conversations about the NFL’s lack of safety and health protocols, several NFL players have already chosen to prioritize their family’s health and safety. The league has set a deadline this coming Thursday for players to decide if they want to opt out of the coming season.
It remains to be seen if more players from the 49ers will opt out as the deadline looms.