With some teams having already begun their offseason workout programs, former Ravens cornerback Jerraud Powers has decided to walk away from the NFL.
The 29-year-old announced his retirement via his official Instagram account on Thursday night after an eight-year career that included stops in Indianapolis, Arizona, and Baltimore. Powers spent the 2016 season with the Ravens, collecting 33 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups, and one sack in 13 games.
“I think it’s time for me to walk away from the game,” Powers wrote. “The last eight years have been a joy and wonderful ride. Even though I can still compete and play at a high level, mentally, I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.”
Powers signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract prior to last season, but the 5-foot-10, 193-pound defensive back was not in the Ravens’ plans for 2017. With veteran Brandon Carr arriving from the Dallas Cowboys last month, second-year cornerback Tavon Young is expected to serve in the slot in the nickel package, which made Powers expendable.
A 2009 third-round from Auburn, Powers accumulated 13 interceptions in his career.