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After Nine Seasons In The Pros, Gosder Cherilus Announces His Retirement

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus has made his retirement official. The 32-year-old has been uncertain about his career, but came to a decision rather quickly.

The Boston College grad announced his retirement on Twitter.

Cherilus signed with the Bucs in August 2015 after Demar Dotson suffered an injury in preseason. In 2015 he started 13 games at right tackle, but with Dotson’s return he worked mainly as a tight end on a six-man line. Last year he made $4.5 million and was an unrestricted free agent this spring.

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He began his pro career as the No.17 pick in the 2008 draft by the Detroit Lions, where he played from 2008 to 2012. He then played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2013 to 2014 and the Bucs from 2015 to 2016.

Since joining the league he appeared in at least 12 games each season, and played all 16 his rookie year. This past year he seemed to struggle with the Bucs though as his physical skills landed him in a reserve role.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.