New England Patriots Star is the Latest Player to Opt out of 2020 NFL Season

Published 07/28/2020, 4:14 PM EDT


The coronavirus pandemic has led to all sorts of chaos across the globe. Sporting leagues the world over have been affected on a large-scale. As the NFL gears up for the 2020 season, the health and safety concerns of players remain the priority of league officials. Team members of each NFL franchise have been given the freedom to voluntarily opt-out of the 2020 season for personal reasons and a key player from the New England Patriots has chosen to do this.

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A short while ago, Kansas City Chiefs’ Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was the first player to reveal that he would not report for training camp. Duvernay- Tardif graduated from the University of McGill in Canada with a medical degree. He said that he would continue to serve as an orderly at a long-term healthcare facility outside of Montreal.

And now, New England Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower has become the next high-profile name to announce that he would opt-out of the 2020 season.

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As mentioned in the tweet by NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Hightower will not be participating in the ongoing training camp. The two-time Super Bowl champion is concerned about the safety of his two-week-old child.

Besides Hightower, three other New England Patriots players have voluntarily opted out of the 2020 season. As discussed by the NFLPA and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, players who opt-out will receive a $150,000 salary advance, and their contract will toll.

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Other players who have decided to opt-out of the upcoming NFL season

Apart from Hightower and Duvernay-Tardif, here are the other players who have chosen to give the 2020 NFL season a miss.

  • Baltimore Ravens – Kicker De’Anthony Thomas, Offensive Lineman Andre Smith
  • Buffalo Bills  – Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei
  • Dallas Cowboys – Cornerback Maurice Canady, Wide Receiver Stephen Guidry
  • Denver Broncos – Defensive Tackle Kyle Peko
  • Houston Texans – Defensive Tackle Eddie Vanderdoes
  • New England Patriots – Full Back Dan Vitale, Running Back Brandon Bolden, Offensive Lineman Najee Toran
  • New Orleans Saints – Tight End Cole Wick
  • Seattle Seahawks – Offensive Lineman Chance Warmack
  • Tennessee Titans – Offensive Lineman Anthony McKinney

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SOURCE: Ian Rapoport Twitter

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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