“I’ve known for months I was done with football and I was going to retire. I just never announced it. But now is as good a time as any. As many people know, I participated in the Veteran Combine last spring. The feedback was very positive from about two dozen teams when they spoke with my agent, and we came really close to signing a contract.
I love football, and I don’t think people will question that, but I’ve reached a point where I’m proud of what I’ve done on the field. Anybody who knows me knows I have not and will not be bored since the day I decided to walk away a few months ago. I wasn’t going to sign a deal that I didn’t consider fair to my family and myself, and as a result, no deal was made. I said thanks, but no thanks, and wished them all good luck this season. They said the same. Although every player ultimately makes the decision to retire, and I played 8 memorable seasons in the NFL, the leg injuries I suffered with the Redskins got me to this day sooner in life than I should have.”
Carriker tried out for the Falcons back in April, but there hasn’t been any reported interest in him since then.
Carriker, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Rams back in 2007. He spent three year in St. Louis before being traded to the Rams in April of 2010.
In six seasons with the Rams and Redskins, Carriker totaled 85 tackles, nine sacks, three fumble recoveries and a safety over the course of 65 games.