Pro Bowl DL Malik Jackson retires after 10 seasons

17 Oct 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) enters the court before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Image: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Former Pro Bowl defenseman Malik Jackson announced his retirement Friday after 10 NFL seasons.

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“I’m done. I’m not getting off the couch now,” Jackson said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”

Jackson, 33, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos (2012-15), helping the team to 50 Super Bowl wins.

He played his next three campaigns with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016–18), earning Pro Bowl honors in 2017 after recording a career-high eight sacks.

Jackson played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2019-20) and one season with the Cleveland Browns (2021). He is not playing in the NFL in 2022.

“That’s the goal. Ten to 12 years is my goal,” Jackson said. “I can get to a point where I’m okay. I’m doing pretty well for myself. I’m doing enough. I have a daughter, and I need to go home and be with her and start living life.”

Jackson has recorded 292 tackles and 35.5 sacks in 142 career games (89 starts) since being selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft from Tennessee.

–Field Level Media

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