Six Patriots opt out of NFL season? It’s obviously part of Bill Belichick’s master plan
It’s official — the New England Patriots are tanking!
With six — count ‘em, six — New England players choosing to opt out of the upcoming season, fans in Foxborough and beyond already are dreaming of seeing the Clemson quarterback’s golden locks flowing out of a Patriots cap on draft night next April.
Who can blame them? Belichick, the mastermind of all masterminds, certainly wouldn’t allow any of this to happen if he didn’t have a brilliant plan up his sleeve to launch the next Patriots dynasty.
Who else would be able to talk Pro Bowl linebacker Dont’a Hightower into taking a $7.85-million pay cut?
What makes the NFL believe it can have a season amid the pandemic with no ‘bubble’ to separate players from the everyday world and in a contact-heavy sport?
Patrick Chung, Marcus Cannon, Brandon Bolden, Danny Vitale and Najee Toran also appear to be taking one for the team in order for Belichick to snag the next franchise quarterback.
Sure, the Patriots signed 2015 MVP Cam Newton during the offseason to replace quarterback Tom Brady, who for some reason decided he no longer wanted to play for the greatest mind in football and skedaddled to Tampa Bay.
But now we know that it was all just a smokescreen.
Why else would all those guys opt out the second they had the chance?
Pandemic, you say?
Please, don’t be so gullible. Just listen to these folks.
With the first pick in the 2021 NFL draft the New England Patriots select Trevor Lawrence— chad #ripkobe (@Chad___24) July 28, 2020
When all of your players opt out so you make enough cap room to go sign Clowney, then you go 2-14 and draft Trevor Lawrence. pic.twitter.com/B3xoybn02J— Jared Owens (@jaredowens_11) July 28, 2020
Bill Belichick walking to the podium to draft Trevor Lawrence next year after his entire team opts out of the season. Just brilliant pic.twitter.com/oDDZETjv4q— RJ Choppy (@rjchoppy) July 28, 2020
Bill belichick trying to convince patriots players to stay and not opt out knowing he can have Trevor Lawrence pic.twitter.com/Goz3ckQhJR— john (@iam_johnw) July 28, 2020
Tanking for Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields via coronavirus opt-outs. Bill Belichick is out here playing 4D chess.— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) July 28, 2020
Operation tank for Trevor Lawrence is in full effect in New England! pic.twitter.com/yUlOTWby8a— Jay Official (@jayofficial2k) July 28, 2020
Trevor Lawrence when he wakes up and sees why he’s trending this morning pic.twitter.com/XFgldznZwq— j (@Clap_box) July 28, 2020
Some, if not all, of those folks may have had tongue in cheek, you say? Well, then, they are fools too.
Belichick’s motto is “No days off.” But when there’s a chance to draft a guy like Lawrence, it apparently changes to “Take the year off.”
What a genius!
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