Gossett becomes 4th Browns player to opt out

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Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA

In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Berry said Tuesday that star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been fully committed to reporting to the team's facility.

FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Berry said Tuesday that star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been fully committed to reporting to the team’s facility. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

(AP) – Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not play because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season.

He is the second Browns guard to opt out, following Drew Forbes. The team also will be without offensive tackle Drake Dorbeck and defensive tackle Andrew Billings.

The Browns promoted Gossett from the practice squad late last season. His loss will hurt Cleveland’s depth and likely force general manager Andrew Berry to look for free agents.

The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.

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