Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl guard Ali Marpet has announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 28.
“After seven great years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I have made the decision to retire from the game that has given me so much,” Marpet said on Instagram. “This organization and the people around it not only helped make a dream come true, but also helped make me the person I am today. I have made Tampa Bay my home and I look forward to to serve this community for years to come. To coaches and teammates, family and friends, one Instagram post simply cannot express the profound impact you have had on me. I am forever grateful. Thank you Tampa Bay.
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A second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Marpet got the starting gig early in his rookie season. He ended up starting 101 regular season games and six postseason games during his NFL career and was rewarded with a five-year, $55 million extension in 2018.
The Division III product quickly became a mainstay on the Tampa Bay offensive line, playing 700 or more snaps every year of his seven-year career. He started his career at right guard, moved to center in 2017 and played his final years at left guard – and he never went below 72.3.
Marpet earned his first Pro Bowl nod last season after scoring a career-high 83.2 PFF, seventh among players who qualified for the position.
Ali Marpet: rank and PFF rank (2015-2021; playoffs included)
|2021||1,181||83.2||7th of 88|
|2020||1,123||80.7||7th of 93|
|2019||1,139||72.3||16th of 90|
|2018||1,117||75.9||11th of 86|
|2017||723||81.5||6th out of 37|
|2016||1,135||82.7||10th of 82|
|2015||822||75.8||23rd of 84|
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Bucs general manager Jason Licht released the following statement on the seven-year pro’s decision to retire, calling Marpet “one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL.”
Statement from Managing Director Jason Licht pic.twitter.com/wLT1jQo7hB
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 27, 2022
Marpet is the second Buccaneer to retire this offseason, joining quarterback Tom Brady. Veteran tight end Rob Gronkowski could potentially follow suit unless he decides to play for a different quarterback for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile, the Bucs offensive line could have a lot more shuffling along the way, as center Ryan Jensen and right guard Alex Cappa are both expected to be unrestricted free agents.
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