“This is an official letter,” Jones said, via 247Sports. “It’s official that I’m done with the NFL, cuz.”
Jones tells Josina Anderson that he’s “content” with his decision to move on.
“I’m content. I had a hell of a run doing it. I’m at the point where I didn’t feel I would be top level if I tried to play now,” Jones said. “I’m happy and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and the kids.”
Jones, 35, is a former first-round pick by the Titans in the 2005 NFL Draft. He was in Tennessee for two years before serving a year-long suspension in 2007 for violating personal conduct policy.
Jones later signed with the Cowboys for one season before landing a three-year deal with the Bengals. He was entering the final year of a three-year, $22 million contract, but the Bengals declined his option last March.
It took until August for him to sign a one-year contract with the Broncos. However, Denver elected to cut Jones loose in November.
For his career, Jones recorded 522 tackles, 17 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, 12 recoveries, 97 pass defenses, three sacks, and three defensive touchdowns over the course of 12 seasons and 146 games. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2014 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2015.