Free agent OL Travis Swanson announced via his Instagram account Saturday that he’s retiring from the NFL.
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I decided to retire from the game of football. Those words are hard to write. However, I have a sense of comfort knowing Emily and I are walking away from this game with offers that were on the table. This ultimately came down to a family decision between Emily and I. When my daughter Kendyl was born and I first saw her, my heart expanded and completely changed my priorities. I will always love football, but the love for your child is a level of love that has no comparison. I have been an offensive lineman for 22 years of my life and will be for the remainder. In my years as a lineman, I have learned so many life lessons. It is extraordinary that this game has the power to take a kid from Kingwood, Texas to places all over the globe. I have played on phenomenal teams, played for phenomenal coaches, and played in phenomenal stadiums. I cannot thank enough all the individuals who have helped me along the way and I will personally thank each one of you privately. The people I have met and the places I have been I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Emily and I have gained friends all over the country through this game. Thank you again to everyone who has helped Emily and I along the way to get to where we have gone. We are excited to start this next chapter in our life.
Swanson, 28, is a former third-round pick of the Lions back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2.96 million rookie contract and made a base salary of $1,772,000 for the 2017 season.
Swanson signed a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Jets las year but was among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason. The Dolphins signed him to a contract soon after and he finished out the year in Miami.
In 2018, Swanson appeared in 12 games for the Dolphins.
We had him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.