The Patriots parted ways with Tom Brady back in March, and now the roster seems to keep taking hits.
On Tuesday, Patriots Safety Patrick Chung became the six New England Patriot to decide to opt-out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Patriots safety Patrick Chung tells me that he plans to opt out of the 2020 season. He is the sixth Patriots player to do so.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) July 28, 2020
Chung, along with teammate Dont’a Hightower, offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale, and guard Najee Toran, and running back Brandon Bolden all have stated that they will not play this season.
[Listen and download for free ‘Sports Uncovered: The uniform craze that revolutionized college football].
Both Hightower and Danny Vitale both welcomed new babies this year, so it is understandable as to why they are taking extra precautions with coronavirus and opting out of the season.
Chung is entering his 12th season in the NFL and 11th with New England. The strong safety has been a key piece to the Patriots secondary, serving as a box safety. He totaled 51 tackles in 2019 to go along with three passes defended.
Chung was due a $1.1 million base salary this season, and under the agreement between the league and NFLPA, high-risk players can opt-out and still receive $350,000. Players without risk can earn $150,000.
So with six Patriots opting out, it's worth looking at some of the things a lot of guys on their roster have. Including ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 28, 2020
💥 Financial security.
Sometimes, it's simple as, "Do I really need this right now?"
We Will see if more players begin to announce they are opting out of this season or not.
The NFL season begins in September.
[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest former Duck and 8-year NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz].