My “Belichick’s got this!” declaration has officially devolved into a sheepish whisper to the cashier at my local Dunkin’.
- TE Matt LaCosse opt-out (expecting a child in November)
- WR Marqise Lee opt-out after signing with the Pats like 12 minutes ago (has a newborn at home)
- RB Brandon Bolden opt-out
- S Patrick Chung (expecting his second child)
- Team Captain and Pro Bowl LB Dont’a Hightower opt-out (mother has Type 2 diabetes)
- OT Marcus Cannon opt-out (diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, making him a “high risk player.”)
Aaaaand this just in:
#Patriots rookie center Dustin Woodard is retiring, source said. The seventh-round pick from Memphis’ decision isn’t COVID-19 related — he’s simply decided to walk away.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 13, 2020
The Patriots’ 22-year-old center, who just signed a four-year, $3.4 million deal with the team, has walked away before his first official NFL practice.
According to Andrew Callahan of The Boston Herald, the former All-American simply lost his desire to keep playing football after the Pats signed second-year center Tyler Gauthier earlier this week. Woodard is a bit undersized for an NFL center (6-foot-1, 290-pounds) and getting bumped down to third in the depth chart probably didn’t paint a rosy picture of his future.
Still, walking about from a few million bucks less than four months after making it to the big show is a decision my vapid and materialistic brain simply cannot fathom.
“It’s better to burn out than to fade away…”
— Matt (@MrKeohan) August 14, 2020
Tomorrow’s First Take debate: “Does Dustin Woodard deserve a spot in Canton??”