Bills DE Chris Kelsay announces retirement
"As I kind of went back and forth on it, I believe if you think about retirement that much, you're already retired," said Chris Kelsay on Wednesday. "So I'm happy with the decision and look forward to the next chapter of my life."
Chris Kelsay informed the team of his retirement plans on Wednesday, giving the Buffalo Bills around two weeks to make adjustments to their free agency plans. The 33-year-old Chris Kelsay was scheduled to make $3.725 next season, but now the Buffalo Bills have his two-year contract off the books.
After missing seven of the seven of final eight games last season with a ligament tear in his neck, Chris Kelsay reassessed his career. Although he had been cleared by the doctors Chris Kelsay decided his body could no longer take the workload. His decision for retirement was partly based on key changes to the coaching staff this season. Since being selected in the second round of the 2003 draft, Chris Kelsay saw five changes at the head coaching spot. The Buffalo Bills recently hired Doug Marrone to replace Chan Gailey, who was fired at the end of three losing seasons. The Buffalo Bills are also onto their third defensive coordinator in three seasons.
Despite the quick following changes, the Buffalo Bills have failed to find success. The team hasn’t won a playoff in 13 seasons – the longest active drought in the NFL, and the Buffalo Bills had their last winning season (9-7) in 2004.
While such aspects have been frustrating over Chris Kelsay’s decade in the NFL, he belives there are “good things in the near future for the Buffalo Bills” and Kelsay is still glad to end his career with the Buffalo Bills.
“One of my goals was to finish my career with the team that drafted me and that came to fruition," said Chris Kelsay. "I feel very blessed to say that.”
Chris Kelsay has been a consistent starter for the Buffalo Bills since 2004, who has played 147 games, with 120 starts. He had his career best season in 2006, recording 88 (44 solo) tackles and 5 ½ sacks.
Chris Kelsay finished his career with with 522 tackles (305 solo) , 32.5 sacks, two safeties and eight forced fumbles.