Giants TE Rhett Ellison Announces Retirement


Giants TE Rhett Ellison announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday. 

Ellison had been mulling the decision in recent weeks and has decided to walk away from the game after eight seasons. Concussions cut short each of Ellison’s past two seasons, which played a role in his decision. 

Had Ellison elected to come back, it’s very likely he would have been a cut or restructure candidate for the Giants to save salary. 

Ellison, 31, was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round out of USC in 2012. He played out his four-year, $2.4 million rookie contract that included a $300,584 signing bonus.

The Vikings re-signed Ellison to a one-year, $2.25 million contract back in 2016. From there, he agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal with the Giants in 2017. 

Ellison stood to make a base salary of $4.97 million for the 2020 season.

For his career, Ellison played eight seasons for the Vikings and Giants. He caught 118 passes for 1,189 yards and seven touchdowns, along with one rushing attempt for a one-yard touchdown, in 113 career games. 

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