New: Wide receiver Marqise Lee is planning to opt out of the 2020 season, per league source. He is the seventh #Patriots player to make this choice.— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) August 1, 2020
Lee becomes the seventh Patriot to opt out, joining Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Brandon Bolden, Marcus Cannon, Najee Toran and Dan Vitale.
The Patriots signed Lee, a former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver, to a one-year deal in April. Through five seasons in Jacksonville, the 2014 second-round pick has reeled in 174 receptions for 2,184 yards and eight touchdowns.
Lee likely would've been the odd man out among Patriots receivers in 2020. New England will be relying on Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N'Keal Harry, Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski to handle the workload in 2020.
With seven Patriots already sitting out the season, there's potential for more to opt out as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States.