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Chris Chester retiring after 11 seasons

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The Falcons will have a new starter at right guard in the 2017 season.

Chris Chester’s contract expired after the Super Bowl and he won’t be signing a new one with Atlanta or any other team. Chester told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com that he will be retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL.

The decision doesn’t come as a surprise as the team was aware that Chester was mulling the end of his playing days. They signed former Colt Hugh Thornton to go with 2016 reserves Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said the draft features “some guys that can be beneficial to teams and can help shore up the interior.”

Chester entered the league as a Ravens second-round pick and spent five years in Baltimore before moving on for four years in Washington and two years in Atlanta. He started 143 games over the course of his career with the three teams.

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5 Responses to “Chris Chester retiring after 11 seasons”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Mar 31, 2017 8:20 AM

    Good player. Part of Ozzie Newsome’s cap hell led Chester to Atlanta.

    Good career.

    Big blow for the Falcons, though. Unknowns in the interior in the cap era passing league, is an issue.

  2. floriosnuts says: Mar 31, 2017 10:58 AM

    Wow having that be your last game is a real pisser. I’d play one more year just to wash the bad taste out of my mouth.

  3. bigwill58 says: Mar 31, 2017 12:07 PM

    I’m glad to see that you’re shoring up the d line but there is need for more help in the secondary

  4. aballinhighgrass says: Mar 31, 2017 12:29 PM

    He looks like King Ezekiel from TWD

  5. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 31, 2017 1:41 PM

    Wow, not for nothing, but that picture makes him look 50, not 34.

    Enjoy retirement.

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