Lions WR Geronimo Allison opts out of 2020 NFL season
Detroit Lions wide receiver Geronimo Allison joined the growing list of players deciding to opt out of the 2020 NFL season on Sunday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
And another: Lions’ WR Geronimo Allison is opting out of the 2020 season, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2020
The Lions signed Allison to a one-year deal in March after the 26-year-old spent the first four years of his career with the Green Bay Packers.
Geronimo Allison had mixed results in Green Bay. He showed some promise as a potential big-play receiver during his rookie year in 2016, averaging 16.8 yards per reception, but spent the first two seasons of his career mostly as a depth piece.
However, Geronimo Allison seemed to get his opportunity in 2018. He started in each of Green Bay’s first four games, hauling in 20 receptions for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It looked like Allison was developing a strong rapport with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
But injuries intervened in Allison’s breakout campaign. He suffered during practice prior to Week 9, and the Packers placed him on Injured Reserve shortly thereafter. While Geronimo Allison was healthy for all 16 games in 2019, he managed just 34 receptions for 287 yards.
The Lions had hoped Geronimo Allison would provide the team with added depth alongside Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. But Allison will not participate in the 2020 season, presumably due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19.
A number of players have already decided to opt out of the upcoming season, including eight members of the New England Patriots.
While the NFL and NFLPA reached a new agreement on health and safety protocols, there is still an abundance of concerns as to how COVID-19 might impact the proceedings this fall. Geronimo Allison knows this as well as anyone.