Previous reports had said that Thurmond was leaning toward retirement, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise.
Les Bowen suggested that Thurmond’s long injury history, off-the-field business interests, and possible long-term health concerns as some of the reasons he could retire.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Thurmond had opportunities earlier in the offseason with other teams that would have paid him close to $4 million per year.
Thurmond, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2010. He spent four years in Seattle before signing a one-year deal with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in 2014.
The Eagles gave him a one-year contract last year and responded with a productive season in Philadelphia.
Over the course of his six years with the Seahawks, Giants and Eagles, Thurmond recorded 119 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, two recoveries, 22 passes defensed and two defensive touchdowns. In 2015, Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 22 safety out of 87 qualifying players.
We had him featured in our Top 2016 Free Agents list.