3 Former Patriots Who Could Retire Next After Rex Burkhead

After former New England RB Rex Burkhead announced his NFL retirement on Monday, these thre former Patriots could be the next to retire.

Veteran kicker Nick Folk could be the next former Patriots player to retire.
Veteran kicker Nick Folk could be the next former Patriots player to retire. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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2. RB Brandon Bolden

Brandon Bolden is another ex-Patriots running back who could retire soon.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Bolden spent eight of his first nine seasons in a Patriots jersey before spending the last two with the Las Vegas Raiders. While he was never the league's best RB during his time in New England, the Baton Rouge, LA native tallied 2,095 scrimmage yards and 15 TDs across 115 contests and even won two Super Bowl rings.

After Bolden, 34, discussed the idea of retirement before the 2023 NFL season, it might be time for him to consider hanging up the cleats. The former Mississippi rusher has hardly made an impact with the Raiders over the last two seasons, seeing only 21 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown in 33 appearances without a start.

Additionally, Bolden only saw five offensive snaps throughout the 2023 campaign — down from 82 in 2022. He spent the majority of the time on special teams (356 snaps, 82%), indicating that he likely isn't an everyday offensive player anymore.

With how much NFL teams favor younger running backs, it's hard to imagine Bolden being a good fit anywhere at this stage of his career.