NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan is retiring from the NFL.
Morgan, a first-round draft pick by the Titans in the 2010, announced the news on social media on Monday morning.
Morgan played nine seasons with the Titans, and he finishes his career with 420 tackles, 44.5 sacks and 214 quarterback pressures. He played in 118 games in Tennessee, with 106 starts.
A nine-year veteran, Morgan told Titans Online in February he realized his days with the team - and in the NFL - could be over.
“I plan on seeing what all the options are,” he said at the time. “I want to see what the market looks like for me, and what my options are outside of Tennessee and we’ll go from there.”
He thanked the Titans for giving him a chance.
Morgan played in 12 games for the Titans in 2018, and finished with 37 tackles, 11 quarterback pressures and a half-sack. He became a free agent in March. Veteran linebacker Brian Orakpo announced his retirement the day after the 2018 season.
Morgan played for five different head coaches with the Titans, from Jeff Fisher to Mike Munchak to Ken Whisenhunt to Mike Mularkey to Mike Vrabel.
“The teammates that I have come in contact with, guys like Karl Klug, Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard,” Morgan said. “Being able to develop friendships and a bond with guys like that has been the best part of the whole journey.
“I think the Titans have a great group of guys in that locker room, so I’ll always wish them success.”
In his social media post on Monday morning, Morgan said he's “looking forward to this next phase of life.”
“Please stay tuned,” he said. “I'm just getting started.”
Titans Online looks back at the career of linebacker Derrick Morgan, who announced his retirement after playing all nine of his NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans. (AP Photos)