Oct 2, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Cole Beasley (15) prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Cole Beasley retires to be with family

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Cole Beasley is retiring to spend more time with his family.

The 11-year NFL veteran’s agents Joel and Justin Turner confirmed the news Wednesday with NFL Network.

Beasley, 33, signed with the Bucs two weeks ago and appeared in two games, catching four passes from Tom Brady for 17 yards.

“He is ready to be with his family after playing in 11 seasons and it’s time to be a full time dad and husband,” his agents told NFL Network.

Beasley retires with 554 receptions for 5,726 yards and 34 touchdowns in 151 games (50 starts) with the Dallas Cowboys (2012-18), Buffalo Bills (2019-21) and Buccaneers.

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Aug 11, 2021; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Blake Bortles (9) participates in training camp Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.   Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

Former Jaguars QB Blake Bortles confirms retirement

Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles confirmed his retirement Wednesday on an episode of the Pardon My Take podcast.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles led the Jaguars to a division title and the AFC Championship game during the 2017 season.

“I quietly … I didn’t tell anybody I retired,” Bortles said, when asked about whether he was in shape to sign with an NFL team. “I guess you guys are kind of the first to hear it publicly.”

Bortles, 30, posted a 24-49 record as a starter and passed for 17,649 yards, 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in parts of six seasons with Jacksonville (2014-18) and the Los Angeles Rams (2019).

He set the Jacksonville franchise records for passing yards (4,428) and touchdown passes (35) in 2015.

Bortles also spent time with the Denver Broncos (2020), Green Bay Packers (2021) and New Orleans Saints (2021).

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Jul 29, 2021; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) practices at the Under Amour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith set to retire

Baltimore longtime cornerback Jimmy Smith is set to retire Monday after 11 seasons in the NFL, all with the Ravens.

Smith, 34, finishes his career with 374 tackles, 74 passes defensed, 14 interceptions and three touchdowns in 128 games (90 starts). He was a first-round selection by the Ravens in the 2011 draft.

Smith won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in February 2013, making crucial stops to help secure the title over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Smith played in 10 games (two starts) in 2021. Smith was a free agent and had not played this season.

“It just wouldn’t make sense for me to go play for some random team,” Smith before the final game of his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 9. “This is home for me.”

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Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23) warms up against the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

CB Joe Haden to sign with Browns, retire after 12 seasons

Cornerback Joe Haden plans to sign a one-day contract with the Cleveland Browns and retire after 12 seasons in the NFL.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Haden would sign the ceremonial deal but at age 33, has no intentions to return to the league.

Haden was a first-round pick of the Browns in 2010 and spent five seasons (2017-21) with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Haden started 67 games with the Steelers and 148 total between the two clubs, nabbing 29 interceptions and 615 tackles in his career.

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Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) in action during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady envisioning life after football

Tom Brady said he’s probably feeling more emotional about this season than any of the previous 22 seasons of his storied career.

“I’m feeling more than things in the past for some reason,” Brady said on the “Let’s Go!” podcast. “You know, I’m just really feeling intensely my emotions. And I feel like I always have that, but I think when you get close to the end …”

Brady, 45, retired after the 2021 season, then changed his mind just 18 days later, deciding to return as quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A father of three, he said family time has taken a back seat to the NFL.

“I haven’t had a Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had a Thanksgiving in 23 years,” Brady said. “I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people that I care about that are, you know, born from August to late January. And you know, I’m not able to be at funerals and I’m not able to be at weddings.

“I think there comes a point in your life where you say, ‘You know what? I had my fill and it’s enough and time to go on, to move into other parts of life.’”

Whenever Brady transitions to that next stage, he has a job waiting for him: analyst on FOX Sports’ No. 1 football broadcast team. The seven-time Super Bowl champion signed a reported 10-year, $375 million deal with the network that will kick in when he retires.

Brady led the Buccaneers to a 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown and interception.

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Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) scores a touchdown  against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs don’t expect Rob Gronkowski to unretire

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers think retired tight end Rob Gronkowski is done with football, ESPN reported Sunday.

Unlike longtime teammate Tom Brady, who is back for a 23rd season after a brief retirement, Gronkowski is not expected to return — not even for a late playoff push.

“The Buccaneers believe that Gronkowski has moved on with his life,” read the ESPN report.

Gronkowski, 33, announced his retirement in June after an 11-year NFL career that included four Super Bowl wins and five Pro Bowl selections.

He spent the first nine seasons of his career with Brady and the New England Patriots (2010-18) before spending two seasons with the Buccaneers (2020-21). He sat out the 2019 season during his first retirement.

In 143 games (128 starts), Gronkowski had 621 receptions for 9,286 yards. He has the third-most touchdowns scored by a tight end in NFL history with 92.

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Aug 19, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

WR Emmanuel Sanders retiring after 12 seasons

Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is retiring after 12 seasons and more than 10,000 yards.

The Denver Broncos scheduled a retirement news conference for the 35-year-old veteran on Wednesday.

Sanders caught 704 passes for 9,245 yards and 51 touchdowns in 172 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, (2010-13), Broncos (2014-19), San Francisco 49ers (2019), New Orleans Saints (2020) and Buffalo Bills (2021).

“I gave it my all. Every single rep, every single play, I tried to go 100 percent as hard as I can,” Sanders said in a video posted on social media by the Broncos. “And that’s why I can hang my hat and say I gave the game everything I had and the game gave it back to me.”

He made both Pro Bowls (2014, 2016), posted three straight 1,000-yard seasons (2014-16) and won Super Bowl 50 during his time with the Broncos. He also played in Super Bowls XLV and LIV with the Steelers and 49ers, respectively.

Sanders also rushed for 202 yards and one touchdown and gained 1,083 yards on kickoff returns and 287 on punt returns, finishing with 10,817 all-purpose yards.

Pittsburgh picked him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of SMU, where the Texas native piled up 3,791 yards and 34 touchdowns from 2006-09.

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Jan 31, 2022; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears President Ted Phillips watches Chicago Bears-Head Coach Matt Eberflus (not pictured) speaks during a Press Conference Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Bears president/CEO Ted Phillips retiring in February

Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips is stepping down in late February after 40 years with the team.

Phillips, 65, has held his current position since 1999.

The decision to retire was announced Friday, but Phillips said it has been on his mind for a few years.

“Forty seasons is a long time,” he said. “I’m very blessed and I love my job. But when COVID hit, it gave me time to reflect and think about what I want my future to be. I’m healthy, so there’s no issue there, knock on wood. It was more just wanting to give myself the gift of time, to be able to enjoy my family and my friends.

“It’s a demanding job; takes a lot of time, there’s a lot of pressure. I just felt like it’s time to hand the baton to somebody else.”

Phillips joined the Bears in 1983 as the controller. He served as director of finance from 1987-93 and vice president of operations from 1993-99.

He became just the fourth president of the 102-year-old franchise, following George Halas, George “Mugs” Halas Jr. and Michael McCaskey.

The Bears will kick off their final season under Phillips’ leadership on Sept. 11 when the San Francisco 49ers visit Soldier Field.

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Aug 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, United States; Miami Dolphins linebacker Shaquem Griffin (53) runs a drill during training camp at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Shaquem Griffin retires, will work for NFL

Shaquem Griffin is retiring from the playing field and moving into a role with the NFL.

Griffin, the only known one-handed player in NFL history, wrote for The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday that he was ready to retire and embrace his “Plan A.”

A fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft following a stellar career at UCF alongside twin Shaquill Griffin — and a sparkling individual performance at the Scouting Combine — the linebacker spent three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and played in 46 games. He spent the 2021 offseason with the Miami Dolphins.

Shaquem Griffin was primarily a special teams player but had one sack and six quarterback hits to go along with 25 tackles.

Griffin said his “Plan A” was always to help people, and after a conversation with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the Super Bowl in February, he decided the time was now.

The 27-year-old, who had his left hand amputated at age 4, wrote he plans to “go build something new so I can do what Dad always told us to do: leave the world a better place than when we found it.”

In his role with the NFL Legends Committee, Griffin said he will work with future and former players as well as current NFL players and employees. The scope of his position will be vast, including offering help on transitioning into and out of the league, guidance with mental health circumstances and beyond.

“I know the positive effect I’m having on others. I’m speaking at colleges and universities, talking to football teams and even presenting to corporate America about never doubting yourself and tirelessly pursuing your dreams,” Griffin said Wednesday on “Good Morning Football.”

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May 14, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wyatt Hubert (56) participates in drills during NFL minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals DE Wyatt Hubert retires

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wyatt Hubert has decided to call it a career.

The Bengals placed Hubert on the reserve/retired list on Saturday.

“After many conversations with my coaches, medical staff, agents and family, I have decided to step away from the game of football and retire from the NFL,” Hubert wrote Saturday on Twitter.

“It has been a tough decision to make. The root cause of this decision is my physical health. Unfortunately I have dealt with many injuries that have taken a permanent toll on my game, body and performance on the field.”

Hubert, 24, was selected by Cincinnati in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Kansas State.

He sustained a torn pectoral muscle in the offseason of that year, however, and sat out what would have been his rookie season.

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