Patrick Kerney Announces Retirement

According to several reports, Patrick Kerney has decided to call it quits. Kerney, 33, has announced his retirement following a successful 11-year career in the National Football League.

“Despite the desire to continue my career, I am retiring from professional football. The toll that has been taken on my body will no longer allow me to train, and hence, perform at a level that is acceptable to me.”

Kerney, who is only 33 years old, has endured several injuries the last five years. Despite problems staying healthy, he has been one of the most consistent pass-rushing threats for Seattle since his arrival in 2007. Kerney had 14.5 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl his first season and led all Seattle defenders with 5.0 sacks last year.

In Kerney’s final season in Atlanta, his 105-game starting streak came to an end after suffering a torn pectoral muscle. After joining the Seahawks, he has struggled through several shoulder injuries and other minor problems. He started 16 games in 2007 with Seattle, but injuries limited Kerney and only allowed him to play in 22 games the past two seasons combined.

His presence on defense will definitely be missed and the Seahawks must find a way to replace him. Finding a pass-rushing defensive end was already present on a long list of needs, but now it becomes an even more important priority.

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  • Eric

    Dang. Thanks for the effort and intensity you brought, Mr. Kerney. The injuries have definitely taken a toll, and while some may look at this as another terrible Ruskell move, I don’t. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do next!

    LoJack is going to have to step up, and hopefully Reed gets an opportunity to show he can play more than just special teams. How do you think this impacts what we do in the 1st round?

  • Andrew Auger

    I feel we need to go line with both first rounders, Derrick Morgan at No. 14 makes too much damn sense not to happen.

    Knowing us though, we’ll reach for Everson Griffin and it will just be LoJack 2.o

    I don’t think he was a bust, he was runner up for DPOTY, had a 14.5 season, 24.5 overall, and that was with injuries that slowed him. He was our most consistent defender the past two seasons in lost causes.

    We’re rebuilding so getting younger is fine, but there is no doubt he was the best end on this squad, he was good enough that the void he is leaving behind is considered significant.