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Jacob Bell retires

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Veteran guard Jacob Bell has retired from the NFL, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to PFT.

Per the source, Bell simply lost the desire to play.  He has earned plenty of money over the years, and he decided that the time had come to pursue other interests.

Bell, 31, signed with the Bengals on April 6, after four years with the Rams.  He spent four seasons before that with the Titans.

The news explains Cincinnati’s decision to claim guard Chris Riley on waivers from the Buccaneers.  The Bengals also selected guard Kevin Zeitler in the first round of the 2012 draft.

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34 Responses to “Jacob Bell retires”
  1. pacificamjr says: May 8, 2012 6:38 PM

    youre a pretty sad person if at 31 you lose your desire to play. Shame on you boy, you had all the physical gifts that millions of kids in the school yard dream of… but you got no heart!

  2. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says: May 8, 2012 6:44 PM

    Walking away on his own power. I have no problem with that.

  3. dubblelznhell says: May 8, 2012 6:44 PM

    Why would you sign on with a new team if you were planning on retiring a month later, anyway?

  4. deathmonkey41 says: May 8, 2012 6:45 PM

    Don’t you have to have desire to play first in order to lose it? Couldn’t tell he had any from his time with the Rams. He spent more time being pushed back into Bradford or Jackson than he did actually blocking someone. Another Billy Devany/ Steve Spagnuolo success story…

  5. linvillegorge says: May 8, 2012 6:48 PM


  6. duanethomas says: May 8, 2012 6:49 PM

    WoW. He played with the Rams for 4 years? Then before that “He spent four seasons before that in St. Louis” Did he play with QB Jim Hart and rookie running back Otis Anderson in 79? ……now correct your article and censor me like always….Bish!

  7. schmitty2 says: May 8, 2012 6:52 PM

    Many Ram’s fans would agree he lost his desire a few years ago

  8. 808raiderinparadise says: May 8, 2012 6:54 PM

    Even after reading this article I had to google him to know who/what he was.

    Good for him tho, T.O. is 38 and made 6x the amount of money as this guy and is making appearances on Dr. Phil for cash. Sad.

    Guess some smart guys invest and watch thier money so at 31 they can retire and have options and great health.

  9. packerman1968 says: May 8, 2012 6:56 PM

    Who? honestly I follow the NFl religiously and I do not think I know who this guy is.

  10. dionoil says: May 8, 2012 6:56 PM

    Retire at 31 with lots of money and no regrets. Sign me up.

  11. thegame2love says: May 8, 2012 7:05 PM

    One could easily argue that Bell retired after he left the Titans and was paid in free agency. He was a terrible signing in Stl.

  12. seeptermean says: May 8, 2012 7:14 PM

    Who is Jacob Bell?

  13. bagjr387 says: May 8, 2012 7:17 PM

    youre a pretty sad person if at 31 you lose your desire to play. Shame on you boy, you had all the physical gifts that millions of kids in the school yard dream of… but you got no heart!


    If I was in his situation(assuming he is healthy) Its not all that bad to walk away…. manage money and enjoy life, smartest thing he can do. why walk away at 37 or 38 with both knees gone and a lifetime of recurring injuries. well played in my opinion

  14. Deb says: May 8, 2012 7:22 PM

    pacificamjr says:

    youre a pretty sad person if at 31 you lose your desire to play. Shame on you boy, you had all the physical gifts that millions of kids in the school yard dream of… but you got no heart!
    That’s idiotic. He’s been playing in the trenches for eight years in the NFL and at least three in college. Guys at that position slam into other guys who weigh 250-350 pounds on every single down. If he’s still got his wits about him and is ready to move on to the next phase of his life, good for him. Professional athletes aren’t sprinkled with magic fairy dust. They work their butts off to get to that level. They don’t owe the kids who weren’t good enough for the NFL anything. He’s a man and it’s his decision when he wants to change jobs.

  15. dfeltz says: May 8, 2012 7:25 PM

    Recognizing his declining skills, seeing the Bengals facilities with the whole team over the mini camps, I’d lose desire too.

  16. ppc50 says: May 8, 2012 7:27 PM

    He played with the Titans then the Rams. Had a good 8 yr career. He went to Miami University in Ohio, both of my parents went there, good school and education, he probably didn’t blow his money. I believe he received $13 mil guaranteed by the Rams, so he should be ok.

  17. skolvikesskol says: May 8, 2012 7:30 PM

    Who r u?
    Who who? Who who?

  18. blacknole08 says: May 8, 2012 8:26 PM

    youre a pretty sad person if at 31 you lose your desire to play. Shame on you boy, you had all the physical gifts that millions of kids in the school yard dream of… but you got no heart!


    Boy?! No heart? That’s a MAN’S decision that he made to walk away well before he is done. He realizes there is life after football. I’m glad he did it now than waited before the season was in progress to make such a decision. Good luck to him.

  19. rams1999 says: May 8, 2012 8:31 PM

    Whateva…he did not do much good for the rams.

  20. Patriot42 says: May 8, 2012 8:31 PM

    Those of you that seem to have the right to judge these guys because you know all the players on your favorite time have no clue.

  21. sfm073 says: May 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    He retiree a long time ago. Was supposed to be a big signing for the rams and was a complete disaster from day 1.

  22. tallguyme says: May 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    this sort of thing is going to happen more and more in the post-concussion awareness era we now live in.

  23. bigredscouting says: May 8, 2012 9:06 PM

    pacificamjr your an idiot. If he wants to leave the game, its his choice. He has the gifts and that makes it his choice to leave. It’s not about everyone else but him. You have legs I’m sure, but do you walk everywhere? I doubt it. Next time you have a thought…just let it go.

  24. jeffinstlouis says: May 8, 2012 9:20 PM

    Jacob Bell spent a couple minutes autographing footballs and talking and joking with my grade school daughters after a scrimmage at Lindenwood two seasons ago.

    Despite the Ram’s O line performance over the past few years, I will always remember Jacob as a class act.

  25. billybatty says: May 8, 2012 9:21 PM

    Too bad he didn’t inform the rams he retired two years ago but decided to stick around for a paycheck.

  26. maximusprime107 says: May 8, 2012 9:40 PM

    He lost desire to play once he knew he had to fight for a starting spot on the Bengals line

  27. vbhall78 says: May 8, 2012 10:10 PM

    Congrats, you’re 31 yrs old & saved your money, SMART MOVE! Enjoy retirement.

  28. deertay says: May 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    Sell insurance or cars ? Tough call.

  29. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: May 8, 2012 10:52 PM

    4 years with the Lams will do it to you.

  30. sb8ramsfan says: May 9, 2012 3:20 AM

    It was probably a wise decision for Jacob Bell to retire from the NFL as he suffered two concussions last season with the Rams, which he took a rather long time recovering from. Those scare me! 😦 I wish him the very best!

  31. pskotte says: May 9, 2012 7:53 AM

    Don’t mind when a player decides – for whatever reason – that it’s time to hang up his cleats. You have to respect a man who put in several years in the NFL and recognizes when he should leave.

    What I DO mind is that he accepted a signing bonus and then four weeks later changed his mind. If he is really a man of integrity he should return the check with apologies.

  32. phillyphan72 says: May 9, 2012 8:02 AM

    I’d lose the desire to play to if I had to play for the Rams the last 4 years then sign with the Bungles

  33. jsyd81 says: May 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    I knew it wouldn’t take long before someone threw in a cheap shot comment on the Bengals. He knew he was done when we drafted Zietler. Who Dey!!

  34. pvill5 says: May 10, 2012 9:25 PM

    Jacob Bell is a good man who made a smart decision. He is walking away from the game on his own terms and rather than getting carted off the field by a career ending injury. Jacob has the right to do whatever he wants, it’s his life and his choice. Plus, he is cool guy with a good heart so good for you Jacob. It’s good to see good people suceed and make good choices.

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