The NFL season opt-out rules were straightforward. Any players was at liberty to decide pull out of 2020 season.
If there was one team that was hit hard by opt-outs, it was the Patriots. A grand total of eight players opted out before the deadline: Brandon Bolden, Marcus Cannon, Patrick Chung, Dont’a Hightower, Matt LaCosse, Marqise Lee, Najee Toran and Danny Vitale.
The contracts for all players who opted out will toll to 2021. As you can see, there are plenty of notable names that will not be suiting up for New England this season, but head coach Bill Belichick is apparently okay with their decisions.