One of the top offensive tackles on the free agent market has decided to retire rather than pursuing a new NFL contract. Longtime Titans offensive lineman Michael Roos announced today on Instagram that he’ll call it a career after spending 10 years as an NFL player.
“I’m excited to begin the rest of my life, and I am grateful to do so now, while I am fully healthy,” Roos wrote in a statement in which he thanked his coaches and teammates. “Although I don’t know what adventure the future holds, I know there will be family, friends, travel, whiskey, cigars and beer. All a man can ask for, and more. Thank you Titans fans for your support all these years.”
Roos, 32, was remarkably durable during his time with the Titans until a knee injury prematurely ended his final season in the team this past October. Prior to this season, the former second-round pick had started all but one game over the course of nine years in Tennessee, almost exclusively at left tackle.
Since the end of the regular season, the Titans have now seen their two highest-paid tackles leave the team — in addition to Roos retiring, Michael Oher was cut by the club earlier this month. While the position figures to be an area Tennessee will target in either free agency or the draft, the team does have an in-house replacement for Roos lined up, as last year’s first-round pick Taylor Lewan, looks like a good bet to become the Titans’ permanent left tackle.