Sports Lee to skip season, pushes Patriots' list of opt-outs to 7 players
Report: Patriots' Hightower opts out of season
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is opting out of the season due to coronavirus concerns after having a child earlier in the month, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. A two-time Pro Bowler, Hightower becomes the most high-profile player thus far to skip the 2020 season and joins a collection of Patriots to do so. Hightower is the third Patriots starter to sit out the upcoming campaign, following in the footsteps of right tackle Marcus Cannon - a cancer survivor - and fullback Dan Vitale.
wide receiver will opt out of the 2020 season, he told .
Lee, who signed a one-year deal with New England in April, is the seventh player from the Patriots to skip the upcoming campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 28-year-old wideout became a father in February, and he based his decision on protecting his family.
"This is a big sit-down process I had, with me and my significant other, as far as family goes," Lee said. "The risk factor in which we believe that's going out there, it just wasn't worth it in a sense. Just too many unknowns.
Devin McCourty blasts NFL for pushing to move opt-out deadline
New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty isn't happy with the NFL's handling of the opt-out deadline for the 2020 season. The longtime Patriots captain ripped into the league on Sunday for reportedly attempting to move up the deadline for opt-outs prior to the upcoming campaign. "I think it is an absolute joke that the NFL is changing the opt-out period, mainly because they don't want to continue to see guys opt out. I'm sure they're shockedThe longtime Patriots captain ripped into the league on Sunday for reportedly attempting to move up the deadline for opt-outs prior to the upcoming campaign.
"We knew New England, honestly, had a great system in place," he added. "But I told (head) coach (Bill Belichick), at the end of the day, I wouldn't be doing him justice going out there because I wouldn't be able to give him my all knowing my family was back at the house worrying about their situation."
Belichickreporters Friday he supports his players' decisions to sit out of the 2020 season. New England's opt-out list now has seven players - the most in the league - and it includes linebacker , safety , and right tackle .
A 2014 second-round pick from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Lee enjoyed campaigns with at least 50 catches and 700 receiving yards in 2016 and 2017 before battling injuries. He's appeared in just six games in the last two seasons.
Lee's current contract tolls - keeping him a Patriot in 2021 - and he plans to play, according to Reiss.
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Giants left tackle Nate Solder opts out of 2020 NFL season .
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder has opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Solder, who started every game for the Giants the past two seasons, announced his decision on Twitter on Wednesday, citing his son’s ongoing fight with cancer, the recent birth of a baby boy and his own history with cancer. Under the agreement reached last week between the NFL and the players’ union, players can choose not to play in 2020 without penalty. The opt-out is irrevocable. Solder said he made the decision “to pause this season” after much praying. He will earn $350,000 this season as a high-risk opt out.