The Chicago Bears are having rookies and veterans report to Olivet Nazarene University, the site of their 2013 training camp, but one veteran was a no-show. Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis was signed by the Bears in June to a one-year, $1 million contract, but he decided against reporting and informed the team that he would be retiring at the age of 28. Multiple outlets have confirmed the news.
It is interesting to see Ellis call it a career before training camp after reporting to OTAs, but perhaps his body wasn’t feeling it or his mind was no longer in the game. No matter what was the reasoning behind his decision, we will never know, but all that matters is that he is at peace with his decision.
Ellis entered the league as the No. 7 overall pick of the New Orleans Saints.
Coming out of USC, he was believed to be an impact rusher that would be a force along the interior defensive line, but he was never able to develop the way the Saints had hoped and he earned the label of “bust”.
In his five NFL seasons, Ellis tallied only 12.5 sacks.