Former Patriots WR Retiring Before Playing a Game in NFL

A former Patriot officially hung up his cleats on Tuesday.
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As the NFL is in the midst of organized team activities before the start of training camp, teams are shaping their 90-man rosters. Players who are long shots to make the training camp rosters sometimes choose a different career path.

That is exactly what one former member of the New England Patriots did. Wide receiver Thyrick Pitts Jr. has announced his retirement from football on his Instagram, according to Patriots reporter Zac Ventola.

Pitts had spent time with the Patriots last year during training camp and the preseason after going undrafted in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Former Patriots WR Thyrick Pitts Jr. Announces Retirement

The Patriots had signed Pitts last August after they placed Jalen Hird on the reserve/retired list. Pitts had recently been cut by the Chicago Bears before being claimed off the waivers by New England.

In his senior season of collegiate football, Pitts had 57 catches, 631 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

According to his Instagram post, Pitts will be joining "a multi-million dollar financial management team" at Ameriprise Financial, where he will be assisting people in managing their finances and understanding financial concepts.

The Patriots will be holding more OTAs until June 13 before taking a summer break until the official start of training camp. More roster transactions, cuts, signings, and potential retirements will follow until the start of the regular season in September.

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