Niles Paul announces retirement

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Free agent tight end Niles Paul announced his retirement on Instagram on Tuesday.

“As they say, ‘all good things come to an end,'” Paul wrote. “After eight years in the NFL, I decided that it’s time to hang up the cleats. Even though it didn’t work out, I was humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be brought into my ninth training camp with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I was quickly reminded how taxing this game can be after only spending a week in camp. Now it’s time to start listening to my body. There is no doubt in my mind that I’m still able to compete and make a 53-man roster somewhere, but I’m not sure my body can handle it anymore.”

Paul, 29, lasted a week on the 49ers’ roster before they cut him Friday.

He spent last year in Jacksonville, getting 11 touches for 95 yards in six games. He played six seasons for Washington.

Paul, a fifth-round choice of Washington in 2011, finished his eight-year career with 78 catches for 954 yards and two touchdowns in 88 games.

12 responses to “Niles Paul announces retirement

  1. Shame. Really think he could have been a decent starter or a very solid number 2 tight end. I remember the Redskins brought him in as a Wide receiver and converted him to tight end where he have several solid seasons. While he wasn’t the greatest route runner he was a good blocker and good catching the ball in space

  2. Congrats on a good football career, Niles!! Redskins fans appreciated your leadership and dedication to the team. Best wishes into that next chapter of your life.

  3. Niles Paul was one of those kinds of player who was underrated because he was an extremely good football player. He could catch, block, played special teams, I believe he ran back kick from time to time. He did what was asked and where he could fill in and was usually successful. Guys like that never end up with great stats but Niles Paul was a good player. Good luck to him.

  4. This isn’t a retirement. It’s a “no one wants me so I’ll try to save face”

  5. a goodbye I certainly would be very proud to be saying. its weird, we all love football but there’s guys like this dude that played at the highest level for 9 years and if you met him you`d say, who are you ?

  6. He came in s Redskins draft class that included Roy Helu, Dejon Gomes, Jarvis Jenkins, and Evan Royster, who all feel long gone, which helps illustrate what a good NFL career looks like. It looks like Paul’s.

    He came in as a WR, switched to TE, played some full back, returned kicks and was a special teams gunner. I remember him being in full house back fields for that dynamic RG3 rookie year offense too.

    Not to mention he was a pretty darn good TE too. He was never first string because of years behind Jordan Reed and before that Fred Davis (when it still looked like Davis had upside) but I do feel like he was arguabky one of the 32 best TEs in football at some point. He was way beyond viable as a TE2 and it was a rare embarrassment of riches for the Redskins to have him as a TE3 for some time. If I remember correctly the one year that he had a clear path to TE1, he got hurt, which is just a huge shame.

    Most importantly he seemed like a great teammate with great attitude, morale, and character, which, boy, the Redskins need as much of that as they can get. The Redskins should honor or acknowledge him in some fashion even if it’s just a thoughtful statement on social media.

    But, while I hate to end on a negative note, I know the team won’t do that because the top of the front office mostly just doesn’t see or value the things that made Paul a special player, which is the team’s biggest problem.

  7. @whysosenestive445

    Yea…he knows that, his body knows that, as he said. The people that say that kinda of line like you said, “no one wants me so I’ll try to save face” are either Dez Bryant or don’t exist. You know because you know or you know because your told….and now you know. Nothing wrong with either.

  8. His 11 catches last year is better than his career average of 9.75 catches per season.

  9. whysosenestive445 says:
    August 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    This isn’t a retirement. It’s a “no one wants me so I’ll try to save face”


    Great analysis. This retirement bears striking resemblance to over 99% of retirements from sports and we all appreciate you pointing that out.

    Niles Paul had a much longer career than most guys ever approach, and contributed mostly in ways that don’t show up in the receiving stat sheet as a special teams leader, great blocker, and do-it-all guy who even lined up at fullback.

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