Linebacker Keenan Robinson, who signed with the Buffalo Bills the day before training camp, has decided to retire at age 29.
He was placed on the reserve/retired list Thursday and said goodbye to his teammates.
Robinson signed a one-year, $835,000 deal in July.
"I can’t say that I saw it coming; it’s no different than probably any of our players," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said.
He declined to provide details on his conversation with Robinson.
"It was kind of personal," Frazier said. "I’m sure at some point, he’ll speak to the media if he already hasn’t and share what those reasons were. I have a lot of respect for him as a player and as a person. He did a great job for us in the time that he was with us and we wish him nothing but the best."
Robinson would have been entering his seventh NFL season and has started 30 of his 58 career games. He missed the entire 2013 season with an injury. He made 21 starts with Washington in 2014 and 2015 and nine starts with the New York Giants in 2016 and ’17. He only played six games with New York last season before going out for the year with a quad injury.
Robinson's retirement should be good news for the remaining players fighting for a job at the position, namely Julian Stanford, a free agent acquisition from the Jets.
Frazier said Robinson's departure will create more opportunities in Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals to help determine which linebackers make the 53-man roster.
Robinson, who had played mainly with the second and third team, had seen some first-team reps during training camp.
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