After signing with them just one month ago, former Trojan defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis informed the Chicago Bears on Thursday that he plans to retire, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Bears DT Sedrick Ellis has not reported to training camp. Ellis has advised the club of his intention to retire from the NFL.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2013
This news came as a bit of surprise when Ellis did not report to training camp on Thursday. He is 28 years old with no apparent health concerns, and in 2012 he started in all 16 games for the New Orleans Saints.
According to NBCSports.com, Ellis was expected to $1 million in 2013 on a one-year contract.
Sellis has had a relatively fruitful career in the NFL, stemming from an equally productive collegiate tenure at USC. He earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and All-American Honors, and ultimately was picked seventh overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played the full five years of his rookie contract and won a Super Bowl along the way.
Ellis has yet to make a statement on his sudden retirement. Many experts say he had “plenty of football” left in him so there are questions surrounding why he elected to walk away so abruptly, having just signed with a new team.