Craig Stevens is retiring from the NFL, according to his agent Ken Zuckerman, who spoke with local media member Terry McCormick on Tuesday afternoon to confirm the report.
Alex Marvez first reported the retirement for Sporting News, but according to McCormick, who spoke with Zuckerman via phone following the Titans practice today to confirm the report.
Stevens spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Titans and was considered a lock to make the roster this season as one of three to four tight ends the team is expected to keep when roster cuts are announced.
Head coach Mike Mularkey announced on Monday that Stevens was absent from practice for personal reasons, and he was once again absent on Tuesday though there has been no official release or comment from the team on Stevens decision.
Known mostly as a blocking tight end, for his career, Stevens appeared in 109 games, starting 72 and recorded 60 receptions for 724 yards and six touchdowns, all with the Titans.
Stevens' retirement means that the Titans must now look to fill his role with either one of the current players at his position on the roster, or attempt to find someone once cuts begin from other teams.