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Malcolm Pridgeon 3rd guard to opt out, brings total to 5 as deadline passes

The deadline to opt out of the NFL season passed Thursday afternoon, and the Browns had a total of five players elect to sit out due to coronavirus concerns.

The decision is irrevocable, and their contracts toll to 2021.

Malcolm Pridgeon beat the deadline, becoming the team’s third guard to opt out. Drew Forbes and Colby Gossett were the others, leaving the team short-handed at the position and incumbent Wyatt Teller the odds-on favorite to keep the starting job.

Defensive tackle Andrew Billings, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal as a free agent in March, and undrafted rookie tackle Drake Dorbeck completed the list.

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