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Panthers DE Jared Allen announces retirement after 12-year NFL career

(Jeff Siner | The Charlotte Observer) (Jeff Siner | The Charlotte Observer)
CHARLOTTE, NC (Jonathan Jones and Joseph Person) -

Panthers defensive end Jared Allen is hanging up his cleats and putting on his cowboy boots.

The 12-year defensive end whom the Panthers traded for this season posted a video to his Twitter announcing his retirement from football.

“Hello, everyone, I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career,” Allen says while on horseback. “This was the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset but seeing how there’s no sunset, I’m just going to ride off.”

Allen, 33, finishes his career in a tie for ninth all-time in career sacks with 136. He played six years in Kansas City, four in Minnesota, one in Chicago while splitting his final season between the Bears and Panthers.

Carolina traded Chicago a 2016 sixth-round pick for Allen in late September. The four-time All Pro posted two sacks for the Panthers in the 2015 and started Super Bowl 50.

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