Tavares Gooden says he’s retiring, agent says he isn’t

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Linebacker Tavares Gooden has spent five years in the NFL with the Ravens and 49ers and it seemed Friday afternoon that the free agent wasn’t interested in playing a sixth season.

Gooden visited with the Cardinals and Steelers in recent days, but went on Twitter Friday to announce that he thinks “it’s time for me to retire and move on to the next chapter in life.” Gooden went on to retweet those wishing him the best in luck in retirement, but his agent was quick to try to pump the brakes on his client’s announcement.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports that agent Sean Kiernan told him that Gooden’s tweet was not an official retirement and that Gooden still has another visit with a team lined up for next week. Kiernan also told Inman that the 49ers haven’t shown any interest in bringing Gooden back for another year, so that door appears to be closed.

If Gooden does wind up continuing his career, it will likely be in the special teams role that he filled for the Niners the last two years. Gooden had 13 tackles on special teams last year and played sparingly on defense.

16 responses to “Tavares Gooden says he’s retiring, agent says he isn’t

  1. Giving up a $500K a year job…where else are you going to make that kind of money. Even if it is special teams, $500K or more depending can set your family up for 6-10 years or more. You play until they kick you out of the NFL. If teams are still brining you in for visits, even if they don’t sign you then you have a chance.

  2. Comeback to the NINERS bro!! I know you want to play for us! GREAT SPECIAL team player!! I would love to see you back! And Larry Grant

  3. Smart move in my opinion. If you are making $500K/year for 5 years AND have managed your money well, you have financial freedom to really work at a job you love, maybe start a small business, and live comfortably and not have to sweat it out in the corporate rat race. AND… leaving the NFL early you have a much better chance of staying healthy for the rest of your life. If I was a mediocre NFL player, I would do the same thing. Not like Gooden is fighting for a spot in Canton.

  4. If your agent wants the commission more than you want the income; I’d say hang them up. However, his agent probably knows that TG is just extremely frustrated. Sign somewhere where the MLBs aren’t all-pros and you have a chance to see the field more.

  5. Tavares, here’s some advice: try playing for a good, quality NFL franchise before you hang them up.

    Playing for a team like the Steelers will probably change your perspective. Not every team has a suspect front office like your previous two.

  6. Decent player, but with 13 draft picks the Niners can probably find somebody that is younger, cheaper and can fill the special teams role just as well. That’s just the way it goes for the guys on the fringes of a NFL roster.

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 5, 2013 3:46 PM

    Tavares, here’s some advice: try playing for a good, quality NFL franchise before you hang them up.

    Playing for a team like the Steelers will probably change your perspective. Not every team has a suspect front office like your previous two.

    What is wrong with the baltimore and san franciso front offices? those 2 front offices just went to the super bowl. Im Confused

  8. Funny how attractive retirement looks when NOBODY WANTS TO HIRE YOU anymore. It’s not like TV is walking away from 500k, it’s that nobody is offering it to him.

  9. Tavares, here’s some advice: try playing for a good, quality NFL franchise before you hang them up.

    Playing for a team like the Steelers will probably change your perspective. Not every team has a suspect front office like your previous two.

    Yea…good call….lets see…he played for what is commonly referred to as one of the best front offices in the NFL…Baltimore…and this past year he played for a team that went to the Super Bowl….

    Steeler fan….cant spell 3rd shift at 7eleven without steeler fan……

  10. I can understand him wanting to retire, since the niners don’t want him back. After being with a first class organization I’m sure he rather have his balls slammed in a car door, than sign with a second class franchise like Pittsburgh,Washington, Detroit, or god forbid Seattle.

  11. Tavares Gooden given the right opportunity can still has a lot to give to the NFL. There’s always gonna be critics out in the real world, but TG hasn’t played for no one but the best in the NFL. He’s still young and has a lot to give to the NFL. Let’s bring him to Detroit and make him a Lion. Tully, Levy and Gooden. A heck of a Linebacker core. Houston, Slay, Quin and Delmas in the secondary. Come on Detroit, Ashley Palmer or Tavares Gooden at outside linebacker? Gunthier Cunningham you need to recommend TG to the Ford family.

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