Former Eagles DB Walter Thurmond retiring at 28

Walter Thurmond, one of the NFL's top free agents, has officially announced his retirement from the league at age 28. Did health concerns play a big part in his decision?

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday that Six-year NFL veteran Walter Thurmond has decided to hang up his cleats at age 28 to pursue opportunities outside the league.

Thurmond didn't disappoint after signing a one-year $3.25 million contract last season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He recorded a single-season career high 71 combined tackles, three interceptions, and forced two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown.

According to's Ian Rapoport, Thurmond turned down a deal with the Eagles worth more than $4 million per year  as he pondered retirement.

After having a stellar career at the University of Oregon, where he earned honorable mentions for the All-Pac-10 team twice, Thurmond was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL draft. Thurmond was a part of the 2013 Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl-winning roster, playing alongside the likes of Richard Sherman, Earl ThomasBrandon Browner, and Kam Chancellor in one of the deepest secondaries in NFL history.

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