Add Marqise Lee to the developing record of players opting out of the New England Patriots’ period.
The 28-yr-previous veteran receiver, who signed a 1-yr offer with the team in the offseason, turns into the seventh Patriot to pick out to sit the 12 months out. He turned a father in February and cited his daughter Alia as the impetus for his determination.
“This is a major sit-down approach I had, with me and my considerable other, as considerably as relatives goes. The threat aspect in which we consider which is heading out there, it just wasn’t value it in a feeling. Just also many unknowns,” Lee informed ESPN. “We knew New England, truthfully, had a excellent procedure in position. But I told coach [Bill Belichick], at the close of the working day, I would not be executing him justice likely out there mainly because I would not be in a position to give him my all being aware of my loved ones was back at the dwelling stressing about their circumstance.”
Lee reiterated he ideas to return in 2021, but joins linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, deal with Marcus Cannon, working back Brandon Bolden, fullback Danny Vitale and follow squad offensive lineman Najee Toran in opting out of the 2020 time.
“There are a whole lot of other implications that deal with this problem far too,” he claimed. “Some of my [extended] relatives members are sick and points like that. At the conclusion of the working day, we weren’t striving to close off family members members for the 12 months. We’re just making an attempt to discover the most secure way for the relatives, and this is it.”
The large amount of New England players choosing not to perform has driven some conspiracy theories about the team perhaps tanking for a leading draft decide — Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is the 2021 draft’s significant prize — though Chung swiftly put those to rest.