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Veteran DL Cory Redding announces retirement

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Cory Redding is calling it quits.

The veteran defensive lineman announced his intentions to retire over Twitter on Wednesday:

The 35-year-old Redding enjoyed a long and productive career, logging 13 seasons with the Lions, Seahawks, Ravens, Colts and Cardinals. Piling up 35.5 career sacks, Redding started 147 games since Detroit grabbed him in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

After finishing last season on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Redding was cut by Arizona in April and received little interest on the open market. The story was different in 2007, when the Lions made Redding the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL with a seven-year, $49 million deal.

He never lived up to that contract, but Redding certainly had the type of career plenty of his peers would be satisfied with.

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