Former Broncos and Redskins S David Bruton announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday after eight seasons in the league.
“I’m burnt-out, definitely worry about my health,” Bruton said, via ESPN.com. “Another season was cut short by a concussion [in 2016] — that’s six. I’m a guy who likes to use his brain. Especially back in school, I need as many brain cells as possible with all these science classes. It came down to health, and I’ve definitely had my time in the league. I’m ready to move on.”
Bruton plans to work as a member of the Broncos’ training staff during the team’s training camp.
“I thought about professional mountain biking,” Bruton said. “I don’t know if they have a great concussion plan. But physical therapy is definitely something I’ve always wanted to do. To see the people who enjoy doing it, who are good at it, and seeing the reward they get with working with people who work so hard to get back to normal life — it’s so rewarding.”
Bruton, 29, is a former fourth-round pick of the Broncos back in 2009. He played out his rookie contract with the team before signing a three-year deal with the Broncos in March of 2013.
After seven years in Denver, Bruton signed a three-year, $9 million contract that included $3.4 million guaranteed with the Redskins back in March. He was set to make a base salary of $900,000 for the 2016 season.
The Redskins placed him on injured reserve back in October before waiving him from I.R. in December of last year.
In 2016, Bruton appeared in four games and recorded 28 tackles, one sack and two pass defenses for the Redskins. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 78 safety out of 82 qualifying players.