Long-time Tennessee Titans pass rusher Derrick Morgan is retiring from the NFL, he announced through his Twitter page.
ESPN first announced Morgan’s decision a few minutes before Morgan made his Twitter post.
Morgan, 30, was a first-round draft choice of the Titans in 2010 and spent his entire nine-year NFL career with Tennessee.
Morgan wound up with 44.5 sacks in his career and 208 solo tackles.
Morgan was drafted by the Titans as a defensive end and spent the first four seasons of his professional career at that position as Tennessee employed a 4-3 system.
When the Titans switched to a 3-4 alignment in 2014, it forced Morgan, who had played with his hand in the dirt as an end to move outside to become an edge rusher. In time, the move paid off as Morgan posted the best two seasons of his career sack-wise in 2016 with nine sacks with 7.5.
In his final season with the Titans, Morgan was slowed early in the year with a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. He returned to play in 13 games last season, but his sack numbers dwindled as he had just a half sack on the season.
Morgan’s contract was up with the Titans and the team did not pursue him coming back. His fellow outside linebacker Brian Orakpo also retired following the Titans’ season finale against Indianapolis.
Morgan, over the past couple of seasons, switched to a vegan diet, as his wife, Charity, began making meals for him. The procedure caught on with a number of Morgan’s defensive teammates on the Titans, and his wife went into business as a vegan chef.
Morgan also tackled the controversial topic that the NFL should be more open to medicinal marijuana, if research showed that it could help as an alternative to opioids in regards to relieving pain and treating certain injuries.
Below is a statement of Morgan’s announcement from his Twitter account.