Paul Posluszny is calling it a career.
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Tuesday that the longtime NFL linebacker is retiring after 11 seasons. Posluszny spent seven years with the Jags after beginning his pro career with the Buffalo Bills.
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During his time in Jacksonville, he’s made a rather impactful mark on the team’s record book. His 11 career interceptions rank fifth in franchise history while no other Jaguars player has registered more tackles, either solo or assisted than he has.
The veteran in Posluszny lost out to the younger Myles Jack for the starting middle linebacker job ahead of organized team activities. But Jack struggled with the role during the preseason and switched back to strongside backer while Posluszny returned to his familiar MIKE role.
Posluszny made 14 starts and appeared in all 19 games for the Jags in 2017, both regular season and playoffs. His three postseason appearances are notable in that they were the first of his career. Posluszny broke up a pass in Jacksonville’s 45-42 upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round. And one week later, he tallied three solo tackles in the team’s narrow loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.
The 33-year-old’s standout campaign in Duval came during the 2013 season. It was then that he registered what remain career highs in unassisted tackles (122), pass breakups (nine) and sacks (three). He also took back the lone pick-six of his career in Week Six against the Denver Broncos. It all led to him making his lone Pro Bowl to date.
Prior to his time in Jacksonville, Posluszny played four seasons with the Bills who picked him in the second round (34th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played only three games as a rookie after breaking his forearm and suffered the same injury two years later. But his final season in Buffalo was productive. He finished as one of eight players in the NFL with over 100 solo tackles in 2010. The following off-season, he signed a six-year, $45 million contract with the Jags.
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