Citing wear and tear on his body, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney will announce his retirement, Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports.
Kerney has spent the last three seasons with the Seahawks, signing a six-year, $39.5 million dollar contract that included $20 million dollars in guaranteed money. Kerney's contract still has three years and $16 million dollars remaining on it, but with a $5.166 million dollar base salary, Kerney was unlikely to remain with the Seahawks in 2010.
The 33-year old has undergone multiple upper-body surgeries in recent seasons. Kerney was coming off surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle when he signed with the Seahawks, and has had the labrum in his left shoulder repaired twice, as well as surgery on his left elbow in each of the last two off-seasons.
Kerney started 37 of his 38 games with the Seahawks, totaling 111 tackles, including 24.5 quarterback sacks, 9 forced fumbles, and an interception.
A first-round pick (30th overall) out of the University of Virginia, where he was recruited to play lacrosse, by the Atlanta Falcons in 1999, Kerney finishes his career with 82.5 quarterback sacks. Kerney posted double-digit sack totals in four season, and earned trips to the Pro Bowl following the 2004 and 2007 seasons.
Kerney finished second in NFL Defensive Player of the Year balloting in 2007, his first season with the Seahawks.
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