Longtime Bengals lineman Clint Boling retires

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Bengals coach Zac Taylor said he still liked his team’s depth, even after the loss of first-rounder Jonah Williams.

They’re a little less deep, and much less experienced today.

Via a statement from the team, veteran guard Clint Boling announced his retirement.

He had missed all of the spring workouts because of a blood clot, and said health concerns caused him to walk away now.

“There were talks about the risks associated with playing again,” Boling said, via Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website. “When it came down to do it, ultimately I couldn’t wrap my head around it with the family and two kids. There’s no doubt in my mind if I ‘m 22, 23 years old with no wife, no kids and it’s just me playing football, I’m making a different decision. But at this point in my life I have more important things to take care of than myself.”

Chosen in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the 30-year-old Boling spent all eight of his seasons with the Bengals, starting 109 games and all 16 in each of the last two seasons.

He had a year left on his contract.

8 responses to “Longtime Bengals lineman Clint Boling retires

  1. There were rumors a few weeks ago about Boling being done. It’s a big blow to the Bengals line, but there’s no doubt that Boling made the right decision. Best of luck on the next chapter.

  2. Boling: sad to see a good guy go. I hope the best for him.

    I bet Andy Dalton, on the last year of his contract, is now worried if he makes it to free agency without major injury. Real worried.

  3. Right choice, and loved the guy. 8 years in the league, right in his prime, what a tough loss.
    Be healthy and blessed Clint!

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