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Vikings Defensive Tackle Regrets Sitting Out 2020 Season

Isaiah De Los Santos
Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce opened up about sitting out for the 2020 NFL season.
Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce opened up about sitting out for the 2020 NFL season. / Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

A number of players around the league exercised their right to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to the ongoing pandemic. It wasn't easy for anyone to make that decision, taking them away from their teammates for an entire year and shaving off time from an already short professional career.

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce put his debut with the team on hold after opting out, and he recently opened up about that decision.

Pierce admitted that he "regretted" the decision "to an extent" after seeing the league's handling of health and safety during the season. It was an honest reflection by the defensive tackle, who said sitting out felt like retirement and he's not even close to ready for that yet. And all that matters now is he's ready to rock in 2021.

Landing Pierce on a three-year, $27 million contract last year was part of Minnesota's efforts to rebuild their defense. His absence, along with multiple key injuries, led to an uncharacteristically poor year for the defense under Mike Zimmer.

With an offseason to recover, the run-stopping Pierce back in the fold and the No. 14 pick in the draft, Minnesota's defense is sure to bounce back in 2021.

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