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Will Bulger Retire?

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch places this nugget front in central in today’s article on the Rams free agents.

But there’s a chance that decision may not be in the hands of the Rams’ front office and coaching staff. Multiple sources have told the Post-Dispatch that Bulger is considering retiring.

It’s not unusual for veteran players to have such feelings after a tough season, only to change their minds after a few weeks or months away. (See: Brett Favre.) And a league source told the Post-Dispatch that Bulger has spoken informally with a friend on at least one other NFL team about the possibility of playing there.

But Bulger has had three tough seasons in a row in terms of injuries, level of play, supporting cast and organizational upheaval. It’s possible he may just want to get on with life after football.

That would be a surprising move on Bulger’s part, but not totally unexpected.  Bulger has been beaten down and worn out over the past 3 trying seasons.  His frustrating 2009 ended with another season-ending injury.  Bulger never seemed to be the Brett Favre-type in that he would hang on just because he loved the thrill of competition and the camaraderie on a football team.  No, Bulger always looked like a high-paid consultant, who was just passing through town on his way to Omaha or Oklahoma City.  He’s a tough guy and a team player, but he doesn’t strike me as a quarterback that will hang on too long.  In fact, he doesn’t strike me as a guy who would go to another team just to be a backup quarterback.

Jim Thomas also mentions that Bulger’s cap charge in 2010 will be the same whether he is released, traded or he retires.


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