The veteran wide receiver’s agent confirmed that the Buccaneers player ended his career
Wide receiver Cole Beasley has decided to retire from the NFL after 11 seasons, his agent said Wednesday.
“He’s ready to be with his family after playing 11 seasons and it’s time to be a full-time father and husband,” his agent Joel Turner told ESPN.RELATED
“His wife and children are still at home in Texas. They traveled for the first game, they went through the evacuation last week, for which the Tampa Bay organization hasn’t gotten anywhere near the credit they deserve for the way they handled it. they handled [el huracán Ian]nothing but first class care from the Glazer family, [el gerente general] Jason [Licht] Y [el entrenador en jefe] Todd [Bowles]. He no longer wants to be separated from them. He loves his wife and his children and wants to be with them.”
Beasley, 33, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad on Sept. 20 and was called up to the active roster four days later. He saw action in two games — against the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs — with four receptions for 17 yards. Beasley said upon signing with the Bucs that he didn’t know if he would ever get another chance to play again.
Cole Beasley appeared in two games this season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Icon Sportswire
“For a young man who came out of SMU and wasn’t invited to play in an all-star game, who prepared for his pro day by working out on his own on campus, and who was passed over as an undrafted free agent in the NFL by 31 other teams in the NFL, the draft, just with the Dallas Cowboys offering him a contract, he’s had an incredible run,” Turner said. “We couldn’t be more proud of him in every facet and we appreciate all the organizations he played for that allowed him to live the American dream. Cole always gave it his all.”
The Buffalo Bills had given him permission to seek a trade in early March, but they ultimately cut him.
Beasley set career highs with 82 receptions in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the Bills, who signed him as a free agent in 2019. However, he was fined multiple times for violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols last season. last season and was a critic of the league’s COVID-19 policies, which have been relaxed this season. Beasley, who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, missed a game last season after testing positive for the virus.
He said last year that he had no problem with people getting vaccinated or not, but it was the ability to choose that was important to him.
Beasley began his career with the Cowboys, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He became one of the best slot receivers in the NFL due to his ability to find weak spots in zone coverage by while also possessing a quickness that made him difficult to contain in personal cover.
He ends his career with 554 receptions for 5,726 yards and 34 touchdowns. He was never selected to a Pro Bowl, but was named a second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 2020, when he set career highs in receptions and yards (967).