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Patriots Opt-Outs Will Affect Division Odds

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Jul/28/2020

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is opting out of the 2020 season, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday.‬  The Patriots odds of winning the AFC East division were at +130.  They are co-favorites to win the division with the Buffalo Bills.

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Running back Brandon Bolden also is planning to opt out of the season, a source told ESPN. Starting offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale and reserve offensive lineman Najee Toran earlier decided to opt out for the Patriots.

According to an agreement approved by both the league and the NFL Players Association, players considered high risk for COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if they choose to opt out. Players without risk can earn $150,000 for opting out. 

Hightower became a first-time father this summer.

The Patriots lost their star quarterback Tom Brady during the offseason.  In his place is Cam Newton.

New England still had the 5th shortest odds to win the 2021 Super Bowl at 10-1.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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