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Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny to retire

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Reinhold Matay)

Tuesday is already showing itself to be a major transaction day as we haven’t even officially reached free agency. That said major news coming out of Jacksonville yet again. This time it’s concerning one of the team’s veteran defensive leaders. 11 year veteran LB Paul Posluszny is retiring from the NFL.

In a letter written directly to fans, Posluszny set out to thank the fan base in Jacksonville in a gracious manner. 

“With much sadness and regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence, that professional football demands. I say this with a heavy heart: I’m retiring from the NFL. I love football so much and I know there is truly only one acceptable way to play. Knowing I can no longer compete at a level that is acceptable, I have chosen to end my football career.”  

In return the Jaguars quickly thanked the LB via twitter

 

Poz played for seven seasons for the Jags and was five time defensive captain.  He began his career out of Penn State with the Buffalo Bills in 2007 as the 34th overall pick in the draft (2nd round).

He would join the Jags in free agency in 2011. He’s finishing his career with 1,214 tackles, 16 sacks, 15 INTS, 51 pass deflections, eight forced fumbles and 1 defensive touchdowns.

Losing a player of Poz’s caliber is certainly going to leave a talent and a leadership gap that is going to have to be filled this offseason, The Jaguars are already making changes. Allen Robinson has signed a free agent contract with the Bears.  Where the team added more firepower to their offensive line by signing Andrew Norwell to a deal. 

 

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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