Buccaneers receiver’s decision to retire doesn’t hurt team

Cole Beasley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Cole Beasley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

It would’ve been hard for anyone to predict Cole Beasley retiring from the Buccaneers, but it doesn’t really hurt the team at the end of the day.

While some predicted that wide receiver, Cole Beasley, who was just signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two weeks ago, would emerge as an effective part of the Bucs offense this season, especially given the injuries the team has been dealing with, they would be very wrong.

After catching three passes in the Bucs game against the Green Bay Packers and one catch against the Kansas City Chiefs, Beasley has decided to walk away from the game and retire to spend more time with his family.

Few could blame the receiver for his decision, especially since most of the Bucs receivers are healthy again and would have likely replaced him completely in the coming weeks. As a veteran with nothing to prove, being a bench player when you could be home with your family isn’t exactly the toughest decision to make.

After playing eleven seasons in the NFL, the majority of which was spent as a Dallas Cowboy followed by a shorter stint with the Buffalo Bills, then finally joining the Bucs for two games this season, Beasley should hold his head high as he leaves the game.

Beasley finished his career with 554 receptions for 5,726 receiving yards all in 151 game appearances. While not a Hall of Fame career, the numbers speak for themselves that Beasley was a consistently productive player on the teams he played for.

For Bucs fans, this news while not shocking should be disappointing. While Beasley’s departure may have very little on-field impact, especially with the return of the players like Julio Jones and Chris Godwin from injuries, It’s still always nice to have a veteran on the sidelines.

All told, Beasley did what he was signed to do for the Bucs. He was meant to help put a Band-Aid over a struggling offense while players got healthy and he did everything he could to do just that.

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