In an unexpected move, the Chicago Bears’ recent free agent signee, Sedrick Ellis, is retiring from the NFL.The defensive tackle didn’t report to training camp, and he instead told the team that he intends to hang up his threads, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.
This was a surprise as Ellis just signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the team. Half of his contract was guaranteed, and he’ll most likely have to give up his signing bonus.
While the former first-round draft pick has largely been considered one of the bigger draft busts in recent memory after being selected No. 7 overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2008, he’s only five seasons into his career. There’s no reason to believe that he couldn’t have made at least a moderate turnaround with a change of scenery.
Ellis is only 28 years old, and even though he never lived up to his lofty draft status, he’s been serviceable at defensive tackle. Perhaps the physical grind was just too much to bear for him.