After signing with the Philadelphia Eagles just two weeks ago, veteran linebacker Myles Jack announced he will be retiring from the NFL.
It’s a bit of a shocking decision considering he probably could have played a large role for Philly. Especially considering how good he’s been throughout his career.
According to Ian Rapoport, Jack is hanging up the cleats after seven seasons in the NFL. He spent six years with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played a starting role for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022.
Sources: Veteran LB Myles Jack has informed the #Eagles that he plans to retire after seven NFL seasons and 617 tackles. Jack signed with Philly during camp, now will hang ‘em up. pic.twitter.com/xhMDOUjUSV
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2023
Myles Jack was a tackling machine and the fact he chose to retire could spell trouble for the Eagles.
This offseason, Philadelphia signed Jack and Zach Cunningham to the roster. It was a move that gave the Eagles a loaded linebacker room.
But the loss of Myles Jack could prove to be a problem, as Philly made the decision to sign him for a reason. He’s an incredibly consistent tackler and could have been a great leader for young guys like Nakobe Dean and Ben VanSumeren.
Before signing with the Eagles, Myles Jack reportedly was considering going to trade school to become a plumber.
So, perhaps that’s the move he ends up making after announcing his retirement from the league.
Meanwhile, Philly still has several linebackers on the roster, but losing Jack could be a huge loss. Especially considering everybody behind Nakobe Dean and Nicholas Morrow aren’t of the same caliber as Myles Jack.
But as they say in the NFL. Next man up. And who knows, maybe one of the young guys proves to be a gem for this defense.