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


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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HAPPENING FAST: Could Edelman be the next Patriot to opt out of the 2020 NFL season?

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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PEACE: Players that opt out of the 2020 NFL season could be replaced in Madden 21

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-Tardif
RG
Kansas City Chiefs
De'Anthony Thomas
WR
Baltimore Ravens
Chance Warmack
RG
Seattle Seahawks
Maurice Canady
CB
Dallas Cowboys
Caleb Brantley
DL
Washington Football Team
Najee Toran
C/G
New England Patriots
Danny Vitale
FB
New England Patriots
Marcus Cannon
OT
New England Patriots
Brandon Bolden
RB
New England Patriots
Dont'a Hightower
LB
New England Patriots
Andre Smith
OT
Baltimore Ravens
Stephen Guidry
WR
Dallas Cowboys
Kyle Peko
DT
Denver Broncos
Eddie Vanderdoes
DT
Houston Texans
Cole Wick
TE
New Orleans Saints
Patrick Chung
S
New England Patriots
Anthony McKinney
OT
Tennessee Titans
Eddie Goldman
DT
Chicago Bears
Star Lotulelei
DT
Buffalo Bills
Michael Pierce
DT
Minnesota Vikings
Marquise Goodwin
WR
Philadelphia Eagles
Leo Koloamatangi
OL
New York Jets
Jordan Mack
LB
Carolina Panthers
Devin Funchess
WR
Green Bay Packers
Jason Vander Laan
TE
New Orleans Saints
Nate Solder
OT
New York Giants
Drake Dorbeck
OT
Cleveland Browns
Drew Forbes
G
Cleveland Browns
Damien Williams
RB
Kansas City Chiefs
John Atkins
DT
Detroit Lions
Josh Tupou
DT
Cincinnati Bengals
Isaiah Prince
OT
Cincinnati Bengals
Al Woods
DT
Jacksonville Jaguars
Chandler Brewer
OT
Los Angeles Rams
Marqise Lee
WR
New England Patriots
C.J. Mosley
LB
New York Jets
Lerentee McCray
DE/LB
Jacksonville Jaguars
E.J. Gaines
CB
Buffalo Bills
Matt LaCrosse
TE
New England Patriots
Jamize Olawale
FB
Dallas Cowboys
Da'Mari Scott
WR
New York Giants
Geronimo Allison
WR
Detroit Lions
Christian Miller
OLB
Carolina Panthers
Ja'Wuan James
OT
Denver Broncos
Josh Harvey-Clemons
LB
Washington Football Team
Jordan Lucas
S
Chicago Bears
Jeremiah Valoaga
DE
Las Vegas Raiders
D.J. Killings
DB
Las Vegas Raiders
Andrew Billings
DT
Cleveland Browns
Skai Moore
LB
Indianapolis Colts
Allen Hurns
WR
Miami Dolphins
Marcus Gilbert
OT
Arizona Cardinals
Ukeme Eligwe
LB
Las Vegas Raiders
Colby Gossett
G
Cleveland Browns
Travis Benjamin
WR
San Francisco 49ers
Albert Wilson
WR
Miami Dolphins

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