Patrick Chung opts out of 2020

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The Patriots lost Tom Brady in March. They’re systematically losing plenty of other players in late July.

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that safety Patrick Chung has opted out of the 2020 season.

Chung, who was due to make a base salary of $1.1 million this year, becomes the sixth Patriots player to opt out of the 2020 season, joining linebacker Dont'a Hightower, offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale, guard Najee Toran, and running back Brandon Bolden.

With each Patriots player who opts out, others may choose to follow suit. Which means that coach Bill Belichick and company will need to start finding replacements for the players who have opted out — and those who possibly will.

79 responses to “Patrick Chung opts out of 2020

  1. I think all it will take is someone like Mahomes to opt out and that will be the season right there.

    Either way I doubt we see football this year. 🙁

  2. So much for all that “Cam Newton” optimism. Might need to see what Stidham has got if the year looks like a write off

  3. Ok all you no good armchair-NFLers posting here daily, now’s your chance. NFL tryouts are this weekend. Who wants to play Safety next to Mcourty?

  4. Of the players that had Covid, have any opted out? Or did they all recover and willing to play football?

  5. Okay, this just got real.

    But, we still have the Mcourty brothers and Gilmore. Right? Right?

    (Crosses fingers and says a prayer…)

  6. tm05 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Suck For Lawrence
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    Exactly. They are being paid under the table and using that as an excuse when they get the first pick.

  7. Belichick is known for going after smart players. This backfires when smart people know that football is not a good idea in a pandemic. In this one case, it pays to have players that are not as smart

  8. Players opting out are also helping their teams salary cap…Just saw on NFLN that New England is NOW 24 million under the cap…Other teams are also seeing some cap relief as well.

  9. crush22 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:58 am
    tm05 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Suck For Lawrence
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    Exactly. They are being paid under the table and using that as an excuse when they get the first pick.
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    That’s the Bronco’s forte! Just ask John Elway, or Terrell Davis.

  10. itsabobbiedazzler says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:04 pm
    crush22 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:58 am
    tm05 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Suck For Lawrence
    ______
    Exactly. They are being paid under the table and using that as an excuse when they get the first pick.
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    That’s the Bronco’s forte! Just ask John Elway, or Terrell Davis.
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    You might be on to something…. If I was a Broncos fan.

  11. Ahhh yes, the wheels are in motion to tank it for Lawrence in NE. Cam is nothing more than a smoke screen, while Covid creates the perfect excuse for a lost season. Perhaps a little under the table cash from Kraft to the players who happily sit out, and the organization get a legit run at a star QB replacement for Brady – what’s not to like?

  12. I guess we’re finding out what players actually think about going to battle for Bill Belichick.

  13. Belichick is a genius. He called Chung and said ” Uhh…Patrick, why don’t you opt-out this year?” Of course Chung, being the ultimate “take-one-for-the-team” kind of guy said “Sure, Bill. Anything for the team.”
    Bill called all their players and suggested they opt-out. They’ll let Buffalo or Miami win the division and draft Trevor Lawrence next year. Bill is a genius.

  14. As I stated earlier on another prompt,their will be no season next year. More and more players are opting out. Their is no way that they can reasonably keep the players safe in a full contact sport. Look what has happen with the MLB’s Florida Marlins. No games will be played due to many players and personnel will come up positive during the training camps. Unless their is a vaccine by Winter and they move the season to the Spring which will come in conflict with the NBA and NHL it is not happening this year. Also if they have it in the Spring, it will be a very short turn around for next season’s Fall schedule. Their will be many veterans not coming back after a missed season and teams will save cash by signing young undrafted players to fill in the gap. This is going to happen.

  15. tm05 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Suck For Lawrence
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    “Tank for Trevor” has a better ring to it.

  16. The rats are now jumping ship. Time to close the season while the NFL can save face. This is getting a bit out of hand.

  17. Hey maybe those cheerleaders Rodney Harrison and Teddie Bruschi can come out of retirement.

  18. Coach Belicheck isn’t loosing any sleep due to players opting out . The man can honestly take an XFL team and have them in deep contention for a Super Bowl run if it came down to it .

  19. Goodell is helping his buddy kraft. Pay players under the table to opt out so they can draft Trevor Lawrence.

  20. Why can’t the NFL set up Bubbles where each team rent out hotel / hotels that is closest to their facilities for however long that team will be playing for the season. so the Athletes after they leave their practice facility/ games would head straight back to their bubble, and for family members who may want to visit them in their Bubble also must get tested and pass in order to do so.

    This is not rocket science and impossible to do. The main key is to keep the Athletes away from the public during however long that team plays for the Season. And you should reduce any significant spread throughout the teams.

  21. anotherPFTcommenter says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    >Abhorrence for Lawrence
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    Winner of the Week.

  22. ariani1985 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:54 am
    Tanking for Tua?
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    You may have missed the Memo but Tua was already drafted.

  23. Part of this is Covid…..the rest is the latent reaction to BB’s egotistical decision to bench Malcom Butler in the SB. He lost Brady. He lost Gronk. He lost the team.

  24. This sucks. no season.

    Even if they do, what if the Pats sign a player who is out of the leagues right now, then that player opts out? They get paid for nothing. It’s over. cooked. No NFL.

    Thanks China!

  25. Look at what’s happening in baseball. Training camp hasn’t even started yet and a lot of people have decided it’s not worth it. The Marlins have had 15 players test positive. That’s over half their roster. I can’t imagine it not being worse once training camps open. It’s beginning to look less and less likely that there will be a football season this year.

    Just look at the NBA player who went away from the bubble for a family emergency and ended up being at a gentlemen’s club. All it takes is a few guys like that to decimate a team’s roster.

  26. BB values intelligence in players and all of them have made informed decisions. They have made plenty of money and won rings.

    Who can blame them?

  27. I’m not a Patriots fan, but I find it amusing so many think Bill Belichick could take intentional losses, regardless of the rewards at the end of the rainbow. It’s just not in his hyper-competitive DNA.
    I would, however, find it even more amusing if the Pats DID tank for Trevor Lawrence, only to have COVID mess things up so badly the NFL decided the only fair thing would be to scrap the normal selection order and hold a 32-team draft lottery next year.
    Tanks for nothing.

  28. There won’t be anything like a “normal” NFL season this year, if it even happens at all. More players will bail over concerns about safety, and the sport itself is the worst of all of them in terms of potential transmission. The number of players, physical proximity and contact alone make it a virtual petri dish for virus replication and spread, let alone without a bubble there is no chance some players won’t contract covid away from their facilities, one way or another.

  29. This is what happens when the team leader leaves. Remember not so long ago when older, talented vets wanted to play here for a great chance to get a ring before they call it quits? The players know why the Pats were perennial super bowl contenders and they also know why they are not anymore. Delusional fans think Belichick could win a super bowl with the Browns……oh wait…..they fired him lol

  30. itsabobbiedazzler says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:02 pm
    Players opting out are also helping their teams salary cap…Just saw on NFLN that New England is NOW 24 million under the cap…Other teams are also seeing some cap relief as well.
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    Doesn’t change 2021, so “cap relief” means little considering the FA market at this time of year, unless you are tight going into the year and you lose maybe 1 player with a high cap hit.

    The Kraft clan will save some $$ though in a year when revenues will be down, but they are rich anyway so..

  31. This is getting ridiculous. I’ll miss football immensely if we don’t have it this year, but I hope the league cancels the season and keeps all the talented athletes safe.

  32. whenwilliteverend says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:48 pm
    Look at what’s happening in baseball. Training camp hasn’t even started yet and a lot of people have decided it’s not worth it. The Marlins have had 15 players test positive. That’s over half their roster. I can’t imagine it not being worse once training camps open. It’s beginning to look less and less likely that there will be a football season this year.

    Just look at the NBA player who went away from the bubble for a family emergency and ended up being at a gentlemen’s club. All it takes is a few guys like that to decimate a team’s roster.
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    The big problem is professional sports / athletes in Florida. The weather and state taxes draw many professional athletes to live in the area in the off-season and you can see there is an obvious trend here.

  33. So now when the Brady-less Patriots lose it will be because players opted out. Belichick is a genius.

  34. Perhaps there’s something more than Covid that is causing Patriots players to opt-out. No other team has such high-profile players opting out.

  35. At this rate, we we’ll get a whole season of pre-season level games. Great time to be a backup! Maybe NE will unavoidably tank for Trevor Lawrence?

  36. These athletes reveal who they really are. Society holds them in high regard and calls them heroes. Do nurses and doctors get to opt out? Soldiers? Police and Fire? Teachers? There needs to be a recalibration of salaries in this country. Nurses need more money while men who play a game need to come way down.

  37. gronkhof says:
    July 28, 2020 at 1:15 pm
    At this rate, we we’ll get a whole season of pre-season level games. Great time to be a backup! Maybe NE will unavoidably tank for Trevor Lawrence?
    ????????????????????
    I thought tanking was a bad thing … kinda like quitting. Oh, unless you’re the Patriots then it’s a good thing.

  38. Nobody calls football players, “heroes”.

    The nurses, doctors and others on the front line are heroes. Just like with any business, the employees are paid what the market will bear.

    Having said that, doctors, nurses, and teachers should all be some of the highest paid people in the country.

  39. People’s heads will explode if the McCourtys and Gilmore opt out. Not Pat’s fans, but the haters. Add Joe Thuney, and all the Pats highest cap numbers would be pushed to next year – when they already have an extra $50 mil in space with the reduced $175 mil.
    I would love to see Dugger, Uche, Cajuste, Cowart, Froholdt, and Jennings get extended looks.

  40. steve11blog says:
    July 28, 2020 at 1:20 pm
    Can they change their minds once the season starts?????????

    ______________
    Nope. Irrevocable.

  41. Fantasy football is gonna be lit this season with so many defensive players sitting out. The league will set records with points scored this season.

  42. The Lawrence talk is funny, but even with Stidham throwing to practice-squadders, no Belichick-coached team would be bad enough for the first pick, and everyone knows it.

    And the team that *does* win the Lawrence lottery isn’t going to budge from that pick.

  43. vontazeromanowski says:
    July 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    These athletes reveal who they really are. Society holds them in high regard and calls them heroes. Do nurses and doctors get to opt out? Soldiers? Police and Fire? Teachers? There needs to be a recalibration of salaries in this country. Nurses need more money while men who play a game need to come way down.

    ============

    The only way that’s going to happen is if we stop spending our money on sports. College and pro alike. The river of money that pours in from the moment college football & basketball starts grows to an ocean by the time it reaches the pros.

    Don’t buy tickets. Don’t buy TV sports packages. Don’t buy sponsors’ products. Don’t buy team merchandise.

    So that’s half the equation – defunding the NFL. The other half, better pay for essential workers, is harder. It probably means you’ll have to pay more taxes for all the government first responders and teachers you list. It means we’ll likely need national health care to make sure enough nurses get hired and not worked to death on ridiculously long shifts.

    The crappy way things are now has been voted into place by the people – with our money. We change that vote, we can change anything.

  44. Chung just received and extension and a 3 million signing bonus in May. Now he’s not playing? What does that do to his signing bonus? The Pats need to get their draft pick Kyle Dugger up to speed to replace Chung. Chung was entering his 12th season. I guess he’s probably done now.

  45. The Pats drafted a safety, 3 Lbs and 3 OLinemen. The TE FROM VTech will probably end up as a FB/H-back(like Vitale). Coincidence? I wonder.

  46. tm05 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Suck For Lawrence
    _________

    They don’t need him. They already have their franchise QB in Stidham.

  47. There are no surprises in the opt outs. Hightower, Cannon and Chung all have medical issues. I don’t know about Bolden nor Vitale.

    If you just signed with a large upfront bonus, and only have your contract pushed out a year, opting out makes sense.

    Hightower and Canon, from a position standpoint, are tough replacements.

  48. Immediate family health issues are also likely critical in making these decisions.

    Given the situation with the Mets, Pats and political conventions it seems pushing school openings in August are a non starter.

  49. cavalierking says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:20 pm
    As I stated earlier on another prompt,their will be no season next year. More and more players are opting out. Their is no way that they can reasonably keep the players safe in a full contact sport. Look what has happen with the MLB’s Florida Marlins. No games will be played due to many players and personnel will come up positive during the training camps. Unless their is a vaccine by Winter and they move the season to the Spring which will come in conflict with the NBA and NHL it is not happening this year. Also if they have it in the Spring, it will be a very short turn around for next season’s Fall schedule. Their will be many veterans not coming back after a missed season and teams will save cash by signing young undrafted players to fill in the gap. This is going to happen.
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    Except for the misused “their”, every word in this post is well chosen. And…absolutely correct.

  50. bigpatsfan says:
    July 28, 2020 at 2:53 pm
    Chung just received and extension and a 3 million signing bonus in May. Now he’s not playing? What does that do to his signing bonus? The Pats need to get their draft pick Kyle Dugger up to speed to replace Chung. Chung was entering his 12th season. I guess he’s probably done now.

    5 2 Rate This

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    go read adrian phillips info..he was your chung succession plan all along whether this year at some point or next

  51. What happened to “no days off” ? Looks like it’s “take a season off” Instead ……

  52. didnthearwhat says:
    July 28, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    This is what happens when the team leader leaves. Remember not so long ago when older, talented vets wanted to play here for a great chance to get a ring before they call it quits? The players know why the Pats were perennial super bowl contenders and they also know why they are not anymore. Delusional fans think Belichick could win a super bowl with the Browns……oh wait…..they fired him lol
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    LOL on you! Cleveland hasn’t won a playoff game, their one appearance, since BB was foolishly fired while BB led his team to 9 Super Bowls. Bless your heart.

  53. vontazeromanowski says:
    July 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm
    These athletes reveal who they really are. Society holds them in high regard and calls them heroes. Do nurses and doctors get to opt out? Soldiers? Police and Fire? Teachers? There needs to be a recalibration of salaries in this country. Nurses need more money while men who play a game need to come way down.
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    Pro athletes earn what they do because pro sports are big business. There is absolutely ZERO correlation between pro sports salaries and what police, fire, teachers, doctors and nurses are paid. Just like actors are paid millions based on the hope that their presence in a movie or tv show will help bring in viewers.

    And these guys opting out “revealing who they really are”? They’re trying to protect themselves and their families. I know – how dare they! That’s a really strange battle to pick.

    I understand that there is a LOT of jealousy and thinly-veiled racism here in the PFT comments. So much outrage over player salaries and whether they will get paid if they opt out, etc. Well, go ahead and play in the NFL yourself if it’s so easy. People act like these salaries are handed to players for nothing. It is incredibly difficult to get to the NFL, let alone have a career. The ones who make it put in a lot of hard work. And plenty who don’t make it also put in hard work but just lack the ability.

    It’s a free country, right? So why does anyone take personal offense to pro athletes making whatever decision is best for them and their families? It’s nonsense, and it’s YOUR problem, not theirs or anyone else’s.

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