Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry has decided to retire.
Jerry was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
His lack of success in the league could be attributed to a knee injury he suffered in his rookie season that made him miss all but two games. However, years removed from the injury, he never became the force the Falcons expected him to be.
For his career, Jerry totaled 67 tackles and 5.5 sacks, with 3.5 of those sacks coming last season.
Atlanta re-signed Jerry this offseason – a move I thought to be surprising – but even if he didn’t retire, I doubt he would’ve made the team’s final roster.