Ex-Atlanta Falcons draft pick Corey Peters is done playing in the NFL.
Peters announced on his Instagram account that he is retiring from the league. He is set to turn 35 in June.
“Sincerely, I never imagined that I would continue playing football professionally for this long,” Peters wrote in a post on Instagram. “I’ll always be appreciative of the time I’ve had, but now is the time to take on a fresh challenge. I’m not sure what’s coming up, but I’m excited to see where life takes me!”
The veteran defensive tackle began his career with the Falcons as a third-round draft pick in 2010. The Falcons selected him at No. 83 overall.
Peters played the first five seasons of his career for the Falcons, recording 146 combined tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 19 quarterback hits in 71 games. He also had 7 pass defenses, 1 forced fumble and a fumble recovery, which he returned for a touchdown during the 2011 season.
Peters experienced arguably his best season in the NFL with the Falcons in 2013. He posted 5 sacks with 46 combined tackles, including 6 for loss and 7 quarterback hits that season.
After 2014, Peters signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent his entire first season with the Cardinals on injured reserve, but he appeared in games for Arizona over the next six seasons.
From 2016-21, Peters recorded 170 combined tackles, including 29 for loss, 8 sacks, and 19 quarterback hits. He played 81 games for Arizona.
In 2022, Peters played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He appeared in 12 games, starting three of them.
Peters will end his NFL career with 19 sacks, 336 combined tackles, including 55 for loss and 40 quarterback hits. In 164 career games, he also had 10 pass defenses, 1 forced fumble and 3 fumble recoveries.
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