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Cole Beasley Announces Retirement After 11 Seasons

Cole Beasley
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Cole Beasley Announces Retirement After 11 Seasons

After 11 seasons in the NFL, wide receiver Cole Beasley has decided to hang up the cleats, as first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Beasley, 33, is retiring from the NFL to focus more on his family, his agents Joel and Justin Turner told Pelissero.

His agents gave some insight into the nature of Beasley’s retirement.

“He is ready to be with his family after playing in 11 seasons and it’s time to be a full-time dad and husband,” Beasley’s agents told Pelissero.

Quote via Tom Pelissero/Twitter

Beasley, who went undrafted in the 2012 out of SMU, made quite the name for himself as one of the most underrated receivers in the league, establishing himself as one of the best slot receivers in the game. Over his 11-year career with the Cowboys, Bills, and Bucs, he hauled in 554 catches to the tune of 5,726 yards and 34 touchdowns.

He first made a name for himself in Dallas, where he became an essential piece of an explosive offense that featured Tony Romo and Dak Prescott under center, as well as other notable receivers in Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

After seven years with the Cowboys, he moved to Buffalo to team up with budding quarterback Josh Allen, quickly becoming one of his favorite targets. So much so, in fact, that in 2020 Beasley set a career-high in receptions (82) and yards (967), which earned him a second-team All-Pro nod for the first and only time of his career.

Beasley’s time with the Buccaneers, however, was rather short-lived and uneventful as he was only rostered for two weeks due to a crippled receiving room. He only hauled in four catches for 17 yards.

Cole Beasley’s retirement doesn’t really come as a big surprise, especially after the start he’s gotten off to in Tampa Bay. That, mixed with the growing trend of players retiring at younger ages to better preserve their bodies, makes the decision all the more obvious.

Regardless of the timing, no one can take away the career that Beasley made for himself as an undrafted wideout. His story and career will serve as inspiration for future undersized receivers who have aspirations of making it to the league.

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