Lions CB Rashean Mathis retires after 13 NFL seasons

Cornerback Rashean Mathis has informed the Detroit Lions that he will retire after 13 seasons in the NFL.
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Cornerback Rashean Mathis has informed the Detroit Lions that he will retire after 13 seasons in the NFL, the team announced.

“[It’s been] an awesome 13 years,” Mathis said. “And I think it’s time for me to hang up the cleats. The Lord has blessed me with a long career...I think it’s time. It’s time for me to hang up the cleats.”

He ends his career having amassed 32 interceptions, 111 passes defended and 647 tackles in 10 seasons with the Jaguars and three with the Lions.

Mathis missed the second half of last season with a brain injury before being placed on injured reserve.

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Mathis was also due a $500,000 roster bonus next month.

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