Raiders shock retirement after LB Blake Martinez decided to quit halfway through season

Raiders shock retirement after LB Blake Martinez decided to quit halfway through season

It’s been a rough day the invader. Not only are they forced to reserve two key players injured, but the team is also losing Blake Martinezwho suddenly decided to retire on Thursday.

The 28-year-old linebacker revealed his Shocking decisions on Instagram.

“I am announcing my retirement from the game of football,” Martinez wrote. “I’ve had an amazing journey with some incredible franchises, and made lifelong friends. I’ve chosen to step away from this career at this time to focus on my family and future passions! I’m excited for this new journey and appreciate all the fans and organizations that Supported me all year!”

Frankly, this is a complete shock. Martinez was one of the team’s top defensive players during the Raiders’ 27-20 loss. jaguar At 9 weeks. The linebacker, who played over 90% of the Raiders’ defensive snaps in the game, led the team with 11 tackles.

The Raiders originally signed Martinez 4 October and the practice squad just three days laterThey promoted He is on the active list. Since then, Martinez has played in all four games the Raiders have played.

Martinez was expected to see more playing time — and likely be the starter — at linebacker Divine Day IR placed on Monday He suffered against the Jaguars due to injuries. DeBlo’s retirement (and injury) leaves a gaping hole at linebacker for the Raiders, and it comes on the same day they lose two key players on the offensive side of the ball. Darren Waller And Hunter Renfro Both were placed in IR.

For Martinez, his retirement comes after six and a half seasons The NFL. He then began his career in Green Bay Packers He was selected in the fourth round in 2016. After four seasons with the Packers, Martinez landed in New York, where he spent two years monster. In his first six seasons in the NFL, he started 76 of the 80 games he played.

Martinez missed most of the 2021 season after tearing his ACL, and although he planned to stick with the Giants in 2022, the team Surprisingly cut him in August.

In his retirement announcement, Martinez noted that he was going to focus on his future passions, and that might include selling Pokemon cards (seriously). Martinez once sold a card for $675,000, and apparently, he’s living pretty well while selling the cards.

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