Report: Patriots receiver Marqise Lee is opting out

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And then there are seven.

Patriots receiver Marqise Lee intends to opt out of the 2020 season, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.

Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Lee’s decision comes from the fact that he became a first-time father in February.

Lee received a $137,500 signing bonus, along with a base salary of $910,000, when signing a one-year deal to join New England in the offseason. By rule, he’ll keep the signing bonus and his contract will toll into 2021.

Given that he’s never before played for the Patriots and in light of the fact that Lee has never fulfilled the potential that made him the 39th overall pick in the 2014 draft, it’s not the type of defection that will cause coach Bill Belichick to panic (not that he ever does anyway). But the ongoing exodus has taken on a death-by-a-thousand cuts vibe for the Patriots; as each next player opts out, others may decide to do the same.

“I think everybody’s got to make their own individual decisions on that,” Belichick told reporters on Friday regarding the possibility of additional opt outs. “They have to weigh their own situation. Each one of us is unique and we all have different lives, situations, families, environments and so forth and so on. So, there’s no two situations that are the same. Everybody will have to make their own decision on that. My crystal ball is kind of cloudy right now, so I have no idea what will happen along those lines. I think everybody in the league, every team in the league, every player, every coach, everybody in the league is involved in that to some degree. So, we’ll just have to see how it turns out.”

For the Patriots, it’s turning out to be a bit problematic. But few coaches are better equipped to shrug, to move on to the next man up, to expect the same level of performance from whoever the replacements may be, and to pursue victories in what will be a season of chaos for everyone.

55 responses to “Report: Patriots receiver Marqise Lee is opting out

  1. Jesus this team is going to be bad, and boring on top of it. Cam Newton fans, as a reminder, 2015 was 5yrs ago. However, I’m sure the Jets, Bills, Dolphins will still find a way to screw this up

  2. I don’t care to hear about who is not playing. Go. Go away! Stay away!

    Tell me about those courageous and competitive many who are playing.

  3. Well now I expect the Patriots to sign a guy who was once considered the best receiver in the NFL; Antonio Brown would fit if Robert Kraft will allow it. My guess is that Belichick will want to sign Antonio Brown to a contract.

  4. wutangisforthechildren30 says:
    August 1, 2020 at 9:13 am
    Jesus this team is going to be bad, and boring on top of it. Cam Newton fans, as a reminder, 2015 was 5yrs ago. However, I’m sure the Jets, Bills, Dolphins will still find a way to screw this up

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    There was no guarantee Lee was making the roster at all. And there won’t be a season anyway so there’s that too.

  5. $23 million plus in cap money thanks to the opt outs. Keep it coming for a season that will never happen.

  6. Is it just me or is that a really long response compared to the answers BB usually gives? Mellowing with age?

  7. promickey says:
    August 1, 2020 at 9:20 am
    Well now I expect the Patriots to sign a guy who was once considered the best receiver in the NFL; Antonio Brown would fit if Robert Kraft will allow it. My guess is that Belichick will want to sign Antonio Brown to a contract.
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    What’s the point if he’s suspended for half the year?

  8. If it gets too ugly for the Patriots, the season will be cancelled so that they can recover. We all know how much the NFL is indebted to this franchise.

  9. Funny how pats fans went from, we are still super bowl contenders, to it’s ok, there won’t be a season. Lol.

  10. wutangisforthechildren30 says:
    August 1, 2020 at 9:13 am
    Jesus this team is going to be bad, and boring on top of it. Cam Newton fans, as a reminder, 2015 was 5yrs ago. However, I’m sure the Jets, Bills, Dolphins will still find a way to screw this u

    That’s great but 2018 wasn’t a long time ago and he played well

  11. The Patriots probably found a way to pay these guys extra under the table so enough will opt out. That way they can “Tank for Trevor” this year and have the whole band back next year. That’s why Bill is cool with everyone opting out.

  12. amaf21 says:
    August 1, 2020 at 10:01 am
    ding dong your dynasty* is done.

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    *greatest dynasty this sport has ever seen or ever will see.

    Fixed it for ya.

  13. That way they can “Tank for Trevor” this year and have the whole band back next year. That’s why Bill is cool with everyone opting out.
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    No Belichick team will ever tank

  14. wutangisforthechildren30 says:
    August 1, 2020 at 9:13 am
    Jesus this team is going to be bad, and boring on top of it. Cam Newton fans, as a reminder, 2015 was 5yrs ago. However, I’m sure the Jets, Bills, Dolphins will still find a way to screw this up

    34 34

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    Yes, afterall, he was w lock.

    Go look at recent photos of the probable lock WRs working out with Newton and Stidham. Looks like a healthy, talented and determined group to me.

  15. ndallasruss says:
    August 1, 2020 at 10:16 am
    The Patriots probably found a way to pay these guys extra under the table so enough will opt out. That way they can “Tank for Trevor” this year and have the whole band back next year. That’s why Bill is cool with everyone opting out.

    4 12 Rate This

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    Meanwhile, KC is way over the cap as we speak and the media says nothing.

  16. “Meanwhile, KC is way over the cap as we speak and the media says nothing.”

    They don’t mention that because it’s not true.

  17. Greatest dynasty the sport has ever seen? Going 10 years between titles is classified as a dynasty? What a joke

  18. I agree that no Belichick team will ever tank but there was one year when he rested players and it cost him a higher seed. The truth was that he preferred to play a Jack Del Rio led Jacksonville team instead of Pittsburgh in the Wild Card round. I believe it was 2005.

    Not tanking but clearly a strategic loss.

  19. He is just ahead of the curve. Eventually the entire league will opt out. Just look what is happening in Major League Baseballl.

  20. I’m surprised that we haven’s seen coaches opting out. many of the coaches are getting pretty old and they are in a very high risk group.

  21. chicagolandcolts says:
    August 1, 2020 at 11:32 am
    Greatest dynasty the sport has ever seen? Going 10 years between titles is classified as a dynasty? What a joke

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    And in that 10 year gap still two AFC Championship wins and 5 AFC Championship appearances. No other team has been close to the accomplishment of the Patriots last two decades and no team ever will. Facts. Greatest dynasty in the history of the sport and will be forever. Fact.

  22. u4iadman says:
    August 1, 2020 at 11:43 am
    Justice is served for a cheating franchise. And insufferable fans.

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    Never cheated once.

    Weep. 😭

  23. nite2al says:
    August 1, 2020 at 11:10 am
    All Patriot receivers opted out last year.

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    So did the QB it seems. The way he is prepping for this season compared to last is like night and day.

  24. amaf21 says:
    August 1, 2020 at 10:01 am
    ding dong your dynasty* is done.

    ——
    *greatest dynasty this sport has ever seen or ever will see.

    Fixed it for ya.

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    Um didn’t Niners used to say the same thing?

  25. And in that 10 year gap still two AFC Championship wins and 5 AFC Championship appearances. No other team has been close to the accomplishment of the Patriots last two decades and no team ever will. Facts. Greatest dynasty in the history of the sport and will be forever. Fact.
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    My bad- it was a 9 season gap. They appeared in over half the conference championship games In that time frame and won 2 of them. Not too shabby at all.

    Dynasty 🙂

  26. footballinla says:
    August 1, 2020 at 12:15 pm
    amaf21 says:
    August 1, 2020 at 10:01 am
    ding dong your dynasty* is done.

    ——
    *greatest dynasty this sport has ever seen or ever will see.

    Fixed it for ya.

    ——

    Um didn’t Niners used to say the same thing?

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    If they did I guess they were proven wrong. 🙂 Patriots won’t be.

  27. daddeeo says:
    August 1, 2020 at 12:28 pm
    No season this year. Mark my words
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    Yep. 🙁

  28. I’m not one for conspiracy theories but considering all the other Belichick/Pats shenanigans the thought of this this being a ploy to tank for Trevor Lawrence did cross my mind. How many is this compared to other teams? Signing a likely washed up Cam provides the perfect CYA/plausible deniability play.

  29. carloswlassiter says:
    August 1, 2020 at 1:01 pm
    Marquise Lee will make more money by opting out.
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    So will Cam if he opted out. Lol

  30. If you’re not aware of it and you’re not a Patriots fan – 15 years of constant winning, excitement and hope. 6 Championships along the way. You, your kids and their kids will never experience what we did. If we never win another game, trust me, it hasn’t mattered in a very long time.

  31. westernerd007 says:
    August 1, 2020 at 1:13 pm
    I’m not one for conspiracy theories but considering all the other Belichick/Pats shenanigans the thought of this this being a ploy to tank for Trevor Lawrence did cross my mind. How many is this compared to other teams? Signing a likely washed up Cam provides the perfect CYA/plausible deniability play.
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    Lawrence is no guarantee of anything as we saw when he played LSU.

    Patriots have no shot at being last overall unless Belichick himself opts our.

  32. The concept is to field a team, adapt to the situation, figure out a way to be competitive, get into the playoffs and see how far you can go. Belichick will figure it out and at least set this team up for future success. Tough schedule, but a decent chance to get to the dance. He would never pull a suck for Luck and anyone who thinks he could is an idiot.

  33. Funny how there’s nothing to talk about with your team so you gotta insult another team’s fans.

  34. I’m good with this opt out. Salary cap room grows. He returns healthier next year on a $900,000 salary. And it might give that speedster Jeff Thomas an opportunity.

  35. Jesus this team is going to be bad, and boring on top of it.
    Maybe if the Pats paid their players more would stay?
    ding dong your dynasty* is done.
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    you always have some slow learners, and then there are the unfortunate few who nature did not endow with the capacity to learn. Bill Belichick is the coach. They will play tough just like they do picking last out of 32 teams every year.

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