Lee informed the Patriots on Saturday that he will opt out of the 2020 season, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
Signed to a one-year, $910,000 deal, Lee didn't have much financial incentive in the face of the escalated risk brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was in position to bet on himself in free agency next offseason while offering the Patriots reps both in the slot and outside, but the former USC star will wait until the 2021 campaign to make his attempted comeback from multiple years of poor injury luck. His absence improves the odds of fringe receiver prospects like Will Hastings and Jeff Thomas earning a final roster spot.
Lee is signing a one-year contract with New England, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
It's a pretty good landing spot for Lee, who was released by the Jaguars on Monday after playing only six games the past two seasons. The 2014 second-round pick was a late bloomer in Jacksonville, eventually emerging as a useful possession receiver in 2016 and 2017. He cashed in with a four-year, $34 million contract but then suffered an ACL tear during the 2018 preseason and entered 2019 at No. 4 on the Jags' WR depth chart. A shoulder injury forced Lee to injured reserve in late October, setting the stage for his offseason release. He'll now head to New England, where the wideout position appears shaky beyond top dog Julian Edelman.
The Jaguars released Lee (shoulder) on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Lee has been productive at times in his NFL career, combining for 119 catches, 1,553 yards and six touchdowns on 201 targets in 30 regular-season games between 2016 and 2017. Otherwise, he's made just 29 other appearances since he was selected by Jacksonville in the second round of the 2014 draft, missing the entire 2018 campaign due to a torn ACL and being limited to six outings last year due to a variety of concerns. Rapoport noted Lee is "fully healthy and completely cleared medically," but the 28-year-old wide receiver still will need to pass a physical before officially finding a new employer.
Lee (shoulder) likely will be released this offseason for salary cap reasons, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official website reports.
Lee never had much chance to make good on his four-year, $34 contract, suffering an ACL tear in August 2018 and then dealing with knee, foot and shoulder injuries in 2019. The 28-year-old wide receiver won't be back in Jacksonville for 2020 unless he accepts a sizable pay cut.
Lee (shoulder) caught three passes for 18 yards in six games before being placed on injured reserve in October.
The 28-year-old was limited in training camp as he continued his recovery from a torn ACL suffered the year prior. He was never able to get on track before landing on IR with the shoulder injury in late October. Lee agreed to a four-year, $34 million deal with the Jaguars in March 2018, but he's barely seen the field since signing the contract. He'll likely be a candidate to get released this offseason with the Jaguars hurting for cap space, since he would carry a dead cap hit of only $3.5 million in 2020 and $1.75 million in 2021.
The Jaguars placed Lee (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.
Lee was in obvious pain when he left the field Sunday against the Jets, never to return. While the nature and severity of this injury is unknown, he may have played his last down of the season. If so, he'll end it with a miserable 3-18-0 line on four targets across six appearances.
Lee (shoulder) could play Sunday against the Texans in London, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Lee left Sunday's game versus the Jets with a shoulder issue, thinning the Jaguars' healthy receiver ranks. With D.J. Chark and Chris Conley presumably set to handle two of the wideout spots, Lee's playing time will likely depend on both his health and the health of Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder), who also left Sunday's game after aggravating a previous issue.
Lee is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Jets due to a shoulder injury, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Lee left the field midway through the second quarter. He missed Week 7 due to an ankle issue. Keelan Cole, who scored in the first quarter, could see an increased role on offense as long as Lee is unable to go.
Lee (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Lee was a non-participant at Thursday's practice but was able to practice fully Friday to avoid being tagged as questionable. The veteran wide receiver has only two catches for 10 yards in five games and remains off the fantasy radar for now.
Lee (ankle) did not practice Thursday.
Lee managed to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, but he's now downgraded to being a non-participant. An absence by Lee wouldn't carry much of a fantasy impact, considering that he's only caught two of three targets for 10 yards in five games this season.
Lee (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Lee was unable to practice in any capacity last week due to an ankle sprain, so Wednesday's limited session is a notable step in the right direction. If he's able to get healthy and suit up versus the Jets on Sunday, Lee will serve as the Jaguars' No. 4 receiver behind D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder) and Chris Conley.
Lee (ankle) is expected to return Week 8 against the Jets, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Lee missed Sunday's win at Cincinnati due to a "minor to moderate" ankle sprain, which didn't allow him to practice last week. The best sign that he's on pace to return will be attendance at Wednesday's session and continued activity throughout the week.
Lee (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game at Cincinnati.
Lee sustained a "mild to moderate" ankle sprain during last Sunday's loss to the Saints and will miss at least one game due to the injury. The 27-year-old has only two catches for 10 yards in five games while working as the Jaguars No. 4 wide receiver. D.J. Chark, Chris Conley and Dede Westbrook (shoulder) -- who is listed as questionable -- should remain the team's top wideouts against the Bengals. Keelan Cole is next up on the depth chart should Westbrook be unable to play.
Lee (ankle) isn't expected to practice Thursday, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
With back-to-back absences at practice to open Week 7, Lee looks unlikely to be available for Sunday's game in Cincinnati. Dede Westbrook (shoulder) is also sitting out Thursday's practice and may be at risk of sitting this weekend, potentially leaving the Jaguars with only D.J. Chark, Chris Conley, Keelan Cole and C.J. Board as their lone healthy receivers.
Lee (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
Lee is considered week-to-week due to a sprained ankle, and he appears to be trending towards missing Sunday's tilt against the Bengals. Of course, considering that Lee has logged just two catches for 10 yards through five games this season, his absence doesn't carry much of a fantasy impact.
Lee is viewed as week-to-week with a sprained ankle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Though the wideout's injury was described "minor to moderate," it seems likely that he'll miss some time. With just two catches for 10 yards in five games to date, however, Lee is off the fantasy radar. For the time being, Dede Westbrook, DJ Chark and Chris Conley head the Jaguars' wideout corps.
Lee (right foot) was wearing a walking boot after Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Saints, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports,
On the plus side, the report notes that the wideout "was walking around fine (with the boot), not needing crutches and seemed upbeat." It remains to be seen if Lee will be able to play next weekend, but with just two catches for 10 yards to date, he's off the fantasy radar.
Lee was forced out of Sunday's game against the Saints with a right foot injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Prior to his exit from the contest, Lee did not have a catch and carried once for one yard, while Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark served as the Jaguars' primary wide receiver targets.
Lee caught one of two targets for five yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
The 27-year-old was once again an afterthought in the Jaguars' offense as he played only 19 offensive snaps. Lee has only two catches for 10 yards through four games after missing last season from a torn ACL.
Lee caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's win over the Broncos.
The 27-year-old played only 25 offensive snaps Sunday and appears firmly entrenched as the team's No. 4 wide receiver behind Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Chris Conley. The catch was Lee's first of the season as he saw his highest snap count through three games.
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