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Sedrick Ellis tells the Bears he’s retiring

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Sedrick Ellis, the defensive tackle who signed with the Bears last month, won’t go to Chicago after all.

Ellis did not report to training camp and instead told the Bears he intents to retire from the NFL, the team announced on Thursday.

The news comes as a surprise: Ellis is only 28 years old and has no known health concerns. Last year he started all 16 games for the Saints. This year he was scheduled to earn $1 million on a one-year contract.

After a college career at USC in which he earned a Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award and recognition as an All-American, Ellis was the seventh overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. He played out the full five years of his rookie contract, which was worth more than $30 million. If he has spent his money wisely, he’ll never need to work another day in his life. But it’s surprising, given that he just signed with a new team and still has plenty of good football left in him, that he wants to walk away.

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35 Responses to “Sedrick Ellis tells the Bears he’s retiring”
  1. green41563 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:44 PM

    USC is the foremost bust factory in college football.

  2. floratiotime says: Jul 25, 2013 12:46 PM

    Bust … hope he saved his money.

  3. njgiant1982 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:47 PM

    Seems like some players do this in other sports to avoid suspensions… I wonder..

  4. thrillheaux says: Jul 25, 2013 12:48 PM

    “still has plenty of good football left in him”

    You use the term “good” loosely. As bad as the Saints defenses have been over the past few years, he was frequently the worst defender on the field.

  5. mack2x says: Jul 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    He’ll unretire once the season starts.

  6. bucnasty says: Jul 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    Smart a lot of money good health now he can enjoy life.

  7. sweded775 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:55 PM

    I wouldn’t call him a bust…… I can’t hate on the dude 28 years old made 30 million…. wants to walk away while he can still walk… Playing half speed in the trenches is a sure fire way to get injured.

  8. lks311 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:56 PM

    “Hello, Ms Idonijie…is Israel home? He signed with the Lions? Oh.”

    Phone clicks. “Crap.”

  9. Bob says: Jul 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    He probably doesn’t like football. Nothing wrong with that.

  10. sfsugator says: Jul 25, 2013 1:03 PM

    Bust I don’t know about that, top 10 pick won a Super Bowl has 30 million dollars in the bank. Can I be a bust too. Trolls

  11. blackhawks2010 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:04 PM

    Ellis spent $30 million at White Castle, he’s done.

  12. williambrasky says: Jul 25, 2013 1:05 PM

    Lazy

  13. sweded775 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:05 PM

    hahaha good one…. Emery can sukk it. Somewhere Urlacher is smiling.

  14. tedmurph says: Jul 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Another USC washout under Pete Carroll’s “progam”. Seems like he’s running the same “program” in Seattle. Pats take a lot of heat for passing on CMatthews, which was a mistake, but I think that’s why. Mathews was a 180 lb freshman walk on, whos father knew the NFL ropes. Connect the dots.

  15. rextraordinaire says: Jul 25, 2013 1:14 PM

    He must have learned you can’t eat chili dogs and deep dish pizza, and stay in football shape at the same time.

    Damn you, Portillo’s

  16. jereamy9 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:15 PM

    He a bust he aint do nothing how many sacks he had doing his years

  17. guiness17 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    Dude came into the league before the new rookie cap, earned an average of $6M/year. Don’t know if I can blame him for walking away from a $1M contract…

  18. realfootballfan says: Jul 25, 2013 1:31 PM

    During their glory years under carroll, did any of those players work out? I can’t think of one. Polamalu was leaving when he got there. Carson Palmer, the benchmark for the recent USC QBs, has pretty much had a mediocre career, and again, he was on his way out the door when they got there. Maybe it was a development thing? Quite puzzling to say the least considering the kinds of athletes they got during that run.

  19. jereamy9 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:36 PM

    Go look at his stats form 06 to 2012

  20. 1newprodigy says: Jul 25, 2013 1:38 PM

    Although you can’t blame him, he still has his health but for how long if he continued to play. My only problem with this is why didn’t he retire 5 months ago? Imo its pretty sorry to sign with a new team and then retire right when training camp begins.

  21. larryboodry says: Jul 25, 2013 1:48 PM

    Surprising move, unless there is a health issue we don’t know about…Wish him well in any case.

  22. glazerh8er says: Jul 25, 2013 2:03 PM

    I’m actually surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Football is a taxing profession physically (perhaps the most taxing especially for D-Lineman). If it were me, which it’s not, and I was half way competent with my money, I hit my big payday, finish it out, and then go fishing for life….

  23. jiggles420 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:08 PM

    Maybe the conditioning test scared him off.

  24. packfaninchitown says: Jul 25, 2013 2:12 PM

    So….he’d rather retire than play for the Bears…

  25. larryboodry says: Jul 25, 2013 2:17 PM

    @packfaninchitown:

    What took you so long?

  26. romoscollarbone says: Jul 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    A problem a lot of guys have thru life is, “oh youre huge, you gotta play ball” and they do to please everyone around them, but a lot of guys don’t love the game like we do.

    Look at Shariff Floyd he admitted to never even watching NFL games during the pre-draft process.

  27. ssong1969 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    Now we gotta sign Okoye

  28. immafubared says: Jul 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    I understand he had a lucrative offer to work part time
    at the Ho Le Fuk chinese restuarant.

  29. immafubared says: Jul 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    Maybe he is concerned about the HGH testing they will start doing in training camp? Might need to sit out a while until its out of the system???????

  30. moeman79 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:22 PM

    What a turd

  31. noring4youstill says: Jul 25, 2013 3:28 PM

    Too bad he didn’t retire sooner. Watching him play for the Saints he never looked full speed

  32. chi01town says: Jul 25, 2013 7:27 PM

    Weed out the weak now. Chicago will win 13 games and go to the Superbowl where they will beat Denver.

  33. boyshole25 says: Jul 25, 2013 8:11 PM

    I agree this guy was smart with his money and now he will walk out of the league. Not many guys can do that whole walking thing after a career

  34. spicymudbugs says: Jul 25, 2013 11:12 PM

    He retired 3 yrs ago. Just making it official now

  35. thomaspaulgaudino says: Jul 26, 2013 9:38 AM

    I wish I was in position to turn down one million dollars.

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