On Monday, Patriots FB James Develin announced that he’s retiring from the NFL, via his Instagram account, due to unforeseen complications with the neck injury he suffered last season.
Develin, 31, wound up signing on with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Brown back in 2010. He spent just over two years in Cincinnati before he was waived at the start of the 2012 season.
The Patriots later signed him to their practice squad and brought him back on a two-year contract in 2017. Develin was set to make a base salary of $800,000 for the 2018 season when he signed a two-year extension through the 2020 season.
For his career, Develin appeared in 83 games over the course of seven seasons with the Patriots. He rushed for 26 yards on 15 carries (1.7 YPC) to go along with 31 receptions for 222 yards receiving and five total touchdowns.