Citing the Denver Post, Stokley had a discussion with Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome a few weeks ago after the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve following a concussion.
In his 15-year career, Stokley has amassed 397 catches for 5,339 yards and 39 touchdowns. He’s had two stints in Baltimore and has also spent time with the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts.
During that span, he’s also collected himself two Super Bowl rings, one during his first tenure with the Ravens and another during the Colts’ win over the Saints. He caught the first touchdown of the game from Trent Dilfer in the Ravens’ win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
Stokley says that he’s actually glad that he went out this year, because now he definitively knows that his time in the NFL has come to an end:
“I’m glad I played this year because now I know I’m done,” Stokley told the Post. “Had I not played this year I would have always felt I could have kept playing. I still know I can play but my body just can’t go through it anymore.”