Patrick Kerney retires
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Patrick Kerney will retire from the NFL after an 11-year career.Kerney's decision was announced by the team early Tuesday afternoon, about 30 minutes before the team's first minicamp practice.
Kerney, 33, came to Seattle in 2007, and was selected as a Pro Bowl starter that first season in town when he had 14.5 sacks.
Kerney led Seattle with five sacks last season.
"Despite the desire to continue my career, I am retiring from professional football," Kerney said in a statement released by the team. "The toll that has been taken on my body will no longer allow me to train, and hence, perform at a level that is acceptable to me.
"It has been a privilege to work for two first-class organizations that are supported by passionate, inspirational fans."
Kerney played his first eight seasons in Atlanta. He has undergone surgery after each of the previous four seasons. He played last season with an elbow injury that required surgery, and the doctor was surprised he was able to keep playing in spite of the injury.Kerney was signed in 2007 by Seattle, and he finished that season with 14.5 sacks that season, and was runner-up to Jared Allen in balloting for the league's defensive player of the year.
Kerney suffered a torn labrum during Seattle's wild-card victory over Washington, though. He played in spite of the injury in Seattle's divisional playoff loss to Green Bay and underwent surgery after the season. Kerney re-injured the shoulder in 2008, missing the final nine games.
Kerney's contract called for him to make more than $5 million next season.
He is the third defensive end to leave the Seahawks this year after backup Darryl Tapp was traded to Philadelphia and Cory Redding left for Baltimore as a free agent.
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