By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Every athlete has to retire at some point. For Brandon Brooks, that time is now.
He has been battling injuries in recent years. He tore his pec early this season costing him the rest of the season.
He’s been battling injuries since 2018 when he tore his Achilles against the New Orleans Saints. He returned and made the Pro Bowl in 2019.
However, he tore his Achilles — this time in his left Achilles — in the summer of 2020. He tore his pec in Week 2 of this past season.
“After all of these injuries, I just realized, at what point do you listen to your body? I think my body was just telling me I had to make a decision, and I think at this point in time, I think it’s the right decision,” said Brooks, who plans to stay in the Philadelphia area and apply to business school at the University of Pennsylvania.
According to Spotrac, the Eagles will designate Brooks a post-June 1 release. The team will have a $5.9 million dead cap hit for his retirement in the 2022 salary cap.
They will have nearly a $10 million cap hit in 2023. The official number will be $9.8 million.
“Beyond his on-field accomplishments, I am most proud of the way Brandon represents our organization with exemplary class,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “He is one of the most thoughtful and bravest athletes I have ever been around. Brandon’s willingness to openly discuss his own struggles with anxiety has served as an inspiration for so many and helped open the door for future conversations among athletes and role models everywhere. His impact in that area is immeasurable.”
The 32-year-old was a three-time Pro Bowler in his career. All three Pro Bowl selections came with the Eagles.
He also was part of the Eagles team that won Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots.
Before signing a five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles on March 9, 2016, he spent the first four years of his career with the Houston Texans.
He was a third-round draft pick by the Texans in the 2012 NFL Draft.
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