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Devin Thomas hangs up his cleats

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The Bears won’t have wide receiver Devin Thomas, who they signed as a free agent this offseason, on their roster this season.

Thomas announced via Twitter Sunday that he was retiring from football and the Bears confirmed the news a little bit later. Thomas explained to his followers why he was choosing to walk away from the game.

Thomas expanded on that in comments to the New York Daily News, where he made it clear that his passion for the game was no longer where it needed to be.

“I mean, you know, football, it’s just a game,” Thomas said. “I enjoyed playing it for awhile. I had my greatest moments obviously with the Giants. I felt my spirit going other ways. I just felt it was a good time to let the game go. I think this is the perfect time.”

Thomas was originally a second-round pick of the Redskins in 2008, but never came close to living up to that draft status in Washington. He caught 40 passes in parts of three seasons before getting released in 2010. He went on to play one game for the Panthers before moving to the Giants, where he carved out a niche on special teams. That led to his finest NFL moment when Thomas recovered both of the fumbles by 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams in the NFC Championship Game to set up Giants scores and send the team to the Super Bowl.

The Bears were hoping Thomas would play a similar role for them this season, but his decision means that it won’t happen. It also means that there’s an opportunity for other members of the Bears to grab the team’s attention and a spot on the roster without having to beat out Thomas.

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6 Responses to “Devin Thomas hangs up his cleats”
  1. skinsfantom says: Aug 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    as a skins fan i just have to say, WTF?

  2. chi01town says: Aug 5, 2012 3:53 PM

    The cap space will be nice but it was better for the BEARS if Thomas played this season. Emery will bring in another good player or two when cut downs come

  3. canjura says: Aug 5, 2012 3:58 PM

    I was a huge fan of this guy, I thought he was going to be the best WR coming out of that class. I was mad when the Rams chose Donnie Avery over him. Both were busts, so my pain is a little bit less now. However, Rams could have had Jordy Nelson, Mario Manningham, Pierre Garcon or Stevie Johnson . I’m sad again. -_-

  4. ytrain says: Aug 5, 2012 5:42 PM

    Just another great draft pick by MY COUSIN VINNY Cerrato.

  5. phuriousjorge says: Aug 5, 2012 10:00 PM

    He sounds solid about retiring, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back for the money.

  6. defscottyb says: Aug 7, 2012 9:09 PM

    I bet he was tired of just having to play on special teams and risk injury. He was drafted as a WR with the 34th overall pick. Why would you want to risk it playing special teams? But, it sure pays well. He’ll be back when he runs out of doe. Good luck to him.

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