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Packers LB Whitney Mercilus Announces Retirement

The Green Bay Packers tenure for outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus did not last long. The 31-year-old former first rounder announced his retirement from football last week.

“I decided I’m hanging up the cleats and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life,” Mercilus said via Instagram post.

When the Packers signed Mercilus in late October, it was seen as a low risk, high reward play. While the former Texan was coming off an injury plagued 2020 season, the track record was certainly an impressive one. Mercilus had finished his Houston Texan career second in franchise history for sacks (57.