In a surprising decision, one of the NFL's best remaining free agents has elected to retire instead of continue his career.
Former Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks defensive back Walter Thurmond will retire from the NFL at 28, following six seasons in the league, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Thurmond spent the first four seasons of his career with the Seahawks, featuring in the team's vaunted secondary nicknamed the "Legion of Boom." In 2013, Thurmond helped the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Last season, Thurmond recorded 71 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks, and two forced fumbles in all 16 games with the Eagles.
The fact that Thurmond has decided to retire is strange considering he's coming off the best season of his career. He was on many team's free agent lists and would have surely been able to command a big money contract for this upcoming season.
However, Thurmond reportedly told friends that he wants to pursue other avenues, per ESPN.