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Multiple Patriots players, including safety Patrick Chung opt out of 2020 season

The New England Patriots lose three starters to opt outs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Strong safety Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots on the field in the second quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns on October 27, 2019 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. New England won 27-13. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

As news of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season due to the Covid pandemic trickle in, the New England Patriots lead the way in notable losses. Starters include strong safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, and tackle Marcus Cannon. They’ve also lost running back Brandon Bolden, guard Najee Toran, and fullback Danny Vitale for the season.

The Patriots are still flush with talent in their secondary, but losing Hightower and Cannon thins out their linebacker and offensive line corps, leaving little depth. The team will now be without four of their top five linebackers from last season after free agency and Hightower’s opt out.

These new holes in the roster will likely push their odds down, possibly giving the Buffalo Bills the upper hand to win the AFC East. They are currently both at +125 to win their division while the Patriots are +2200 to win the Super Bowl compared to the Bills at +2500, per DraftKings Sportsbook.

There is still a chance the Patriots could end up seeing other players opt out, as they have until August 3 to do so. You can keep tabs on all of the reported opt outs by following along with our opt out tracker.