Walter Thurmond is set to retire from professional football according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
After 6 NFL seasons, former Eagles, Giants and Seahawks DB Walter Thurmond is retiring at the age of 28, according to source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 31, 2016
Thurmond walked into free agency after playing out his one-year deal with the Eagles. The 28-year old was reported to be considering retirement since the end of last season so the news hardly comes as a big shock. It was also reported that Thurmond had declined an offer from the Eagles.
The market was certainly there for Thurmond. At one stage during 2015, both himself and Jenkins were regarded as two of the top five safeties in the league. After playing in all 16 games last season, the free safety recorded 71 tackles, 3 interceptions, 7 passes defensed and 2 sacks to go with two forced fumbles, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Pro Football Focus ranked Thurmond as the 22nd highest Safety in the league.
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