Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, announced his retirement Tuesday.
Posluszny, 33, signed with the Jags during the 2011 offseason via free agency and was the team's second-longest tenured veteran behind Marcedes Lewis. Throughout the process of his impressive 11-year career, Posluszny managed to rack up a total of 1,214 tackles, 16 sacks, 51 pass breakups and 15 interceptions. Posluszny was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl and made the playoffs for the first time during the 2017 season. They also could look to the draft next month to add a middle linebacker if they desire.
"With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands".
Throughout last year's off-season program, Posluszny worked as the base defense strong-side linebacker after playing middle linebacker his entire college and National Football League career. I love the game of 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 I find acceptable, I have chosen to end my football career.
"I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the Pennsylvania State University, and the entire Nittany Lion family", Posluszny wrote. I cherished every moment of my National Football League career, and it has been such a blessing to play the game for as long as I have played. After the first preseason game, though, Posluszny moved back to middle linebacker but came off the field in nickel (five defensive backs/two linebacker) situations.