Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis, 30, announced during halftime of his team’s losing effort against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday that he had decided to retire, right then — as in, he wasn’t going to play in the second half.
After 10 years in the league and having secured a one-year deal in February — that included a base salary of $2.25 million, a $1.5 million signing bonus, $2 million guaranteed and additional roster bonuses — Davis abruptly announced Sunday that he was done with football.
“This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL,” he said in a statement he issued later Sunday. “But in my 10th NFL season, I have been doing what my body has been programmed to do: Get ready to play on game day. I’ve endured multiple surgeries and have played through many different injuries throughout my career and, over the last few weeks, this was the latest physical challenge. But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore.” . . .
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Though Davis said he meant no “disrespect” to his fellow players, some of one made clear that he didn’t interpret it that way. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who told reporters about his former teammates’ mid-game retirement after the game ended, slammed the “completely disrespectful” move.
“Never have seen it ever,” said the linebacker. “Pop Warner, high school, college, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. And it’s just completely disrespectful to his teammates. … He didn’t say nothing to nobody. … I found out going into the second half of the game. They said he’s not coming out, he retired. That’s it.” (Read more from “NFL Player Shocks Team, Retires Mid-Game. Teammate Lets Him Know How He Feels About It.” HERE)