The Patriots might not be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, but they got some good news from one of the team's captains on Friday. Devin McCourty, appearing on Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, told Curran that he believes all of the Patriots opt-out players from 2020 will be returning.

The Pats had more players than any other team opt-out of the season, and the returns of veterans like Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Brandon Bolden and Marcus Cannon would be a huge boost to the team.

"From my understanding, they'll all be back," said McCourty, mentioning those four specific players. "I just can't wait to be back around those guys. Even outside of football, just seeing them every day, seeing their nice faces."

McCouty did not mention the team's other opt-outs -- Matt Lacosse, Danny Vitale, Marqise Lee and Najee Toran -- all of whom joined the team in the last two seasons, but it seems likely that they should be back as well.