Will Madden 21 include players who opt out of 2020 NFL season? - All player opt outs so far & more

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A very unique problem is threatening the 2020 NFL season, and Madden 21 could be affected. That problem is players opting out of the season due to COVID-19.

This raises the question, how will Madden address players opting out of the 2020 season?

Players Opting Out

While the opt outs started slowly, they're starting to pick up pace, and the list includes some very important players.

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So far the team most affected is the New England Patriots, who will reportedly be losing Patrick Chung, Dont'a Hightower, and more for the 2020 NFL season.

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With so many high profile players already opting out, we imagine this will only become more common before opening day.

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That leaves the NFL in a bind, and Madden 21 in one as well.

How will Madden 21 Address Opt Outs?

Whether or not Madden 21 addresses the opt outs in its active roster, this begs the question of whether it should be something included in Franchise Mode or other game modes.

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Because of the massive impact of Covid-19 on the world today, and its projected impact for a long time to come, there could be arguments that not including some mention of it is inauthentic.

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And Madden 21 so far is working its way more and more toward authenticity.

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If players do indeed opt out of the 2020 NFL season and it proceeds, the game would have to include current rosters.

Time will tell how EA approach this quagmire, but for now, we can't imagine they'll be able to ignore it.


Which players have opted out of the NFL season?

There have been a very large number of players electing to opt out of the upcoming NFL season so far.

This list is up to date as of 5 August, but more come in every day.

Player Position Team
Laurent Duvernay-TardifRGKansas City Chiefs
De'Anthony ThomasWRBaltimore Ravens
Chance WarmackRGSeattle Seahawks
Maurice CanadyCBDallas Cowboys
Caleb BrantleyDLWashington Football Team
Najee ToranC/GNew England Patriots
Danny VitaleFBNew England Patriots
Marcus CannonOTNew England Patriots
Brandon BoldenRBNew England Patriots
Dont'a HightowerLBNew England Patriots
Andre SmithOTBaltimore Ravens
Stephen GuidryWRDallas Cowboys
Kyle PekoDTDenver Broncos
Eddie VanderdoesDTHouston Texans
Cole WickTENew Orleans Saints
Patrick ChungSNew England Patriots
Anthony McKinneyOTTennessee Titans
Eddie GoldmanDTChicago Bears
Star LotuleleiDTBuffalo Bills
Michael PierceDTMinnesota Vikings
Marquise GoodwinWRPhiladelphia Eagles
Leo KoloamatangiOLNew York Jets
Jordan MackLBCarolina Panthers
Devin FunchessWRGreen Bay Packers
Jason Vander LaanTENew Orleans Saints
Nate SolderOTNew York Giants
Drake DorbeckOTCleveland Browns
Drew ForbesGCleveland Browns
Damien WilliamsRBKansas City Chiefs
John AtkinsDTDetroit Lions
Josh TupouDTCincinnati Bengals
Isaiah PrinceOTCincinnati Bengals
Al WoodsDTJacksonville Jaguars
Chandler BrewerOTLos Angeles Rams
Marqise LeeWRNew England Patriots
C.J. MosleyLBNew York Jets
Lerentee McCrayDE/LBJacksonville Jaguars
E.J. GainesCBBuffalo Bills
Matt LaCrosseTENew England Patriots
Jamize OlawaleFBDallas Cowboys
Da'Mari ScottWRNew York Giants
Geronimo AllisonWRDetroit Lions
Christian MillerOLBCarolina Panthers
Ja'Wuan JamesOTDenver Broncos
Josh Harvey-ClemonsLBWashington Football Team
Jordan LucasSChicago Bears
Jeremiah ValoagaDELas Vegas Raiders
D.J. KillingsDBLas Vegas Raiders
Andrew BillingsDTCleveland Browns
Skai MooreLBIndianapolis Colts
Allen HurnsWRMiami Dolphins
Marcus GilbertOTArizona Cardinals
Ukeme EligweLBLas Vegas Raiders
Colby GossettGCleveland Browns
Travis BenjaminWRSan Francisco 49ers
Albert WilsonWRMiami Dolphins

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