Ex-Eagles special teams captain Chris Maragos retires

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Former Philadelphia Eagles special teams captain Chris Maragos is calling it quits.

The 32-year-old special teams stalwart announced his retirement Tuesday.

Maragos joined the Eagles in 2014 after three years with the Seattle Seahawks and one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010.

A core special-teamer in Philly, Maragos suffered a devastating knee injury during the 2017 season after just six games. He underwent multiple surgeries the past two years, recently undertaking his third surgery on the problematic knee. He spent all of 2018 on the physically unable to perform list. The Eagles released the defensive back in February.

In his eight-year career, Maragos started three games and compiled 90 total tackles.

An undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin, Maragos carved out an NFL niche as a special team standout, earning respect throughout the Eagles locker room after arriving in 2014, and rising to a captain role before an injury wiped out the final years of his career.

Maragos won a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks in 2013, and was on the Eagles' Lombardi-winning 2017 squad, though he was inactive for Philly's Super Bowl win due to the knee injury.

Other retirement's taking place Tuesday:

1. Former Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Robert Ayers announced his retirement.

Ayers compiled 35 sacks and 270 tackles in nine NFL seasons. The 33-year-old last played in 2017 for Tampa. Ayers signed with the Detroit Lions last August but was cut the next day.

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