Aug. 6 (UPI) — Tight end Niles Paul is retiring from the NFL after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers this week.
Paul announced his retirement from the league Tuesday on Instagram. The 49ers released him Aug. 2 after signing him a week earlier.
“As they say, ‘All good things come to an end.’ After eight years in the NFL, I decided that it’s time to hang up the cleats,” Paul wrote. “Even though it didn’t work out, I was humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be brought into my ninth training camp with the San Francisco 49ers.
“I was quickly reminded how taxing this game can be after only spending a week in camp. Now it’s time to start listening to my body. There is no doubt in my mind that I’m still able to compete and make a 53-man roster somewhere but I’m not sure my body can handle it anymore.”
The Washington Redskins selected Paul in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Nebraska. He played in Washington through the 2017 campaign before spending last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Over his eight-year career, Paul recorded 78 receptions for 954 yards and two touchdowns. He sustained multiple injuries throughout his NFL career and ended three of the last four seasons on injured reserve.