Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly announced his retirement Sunday, ending his NFL career at 26 years old and days before training camp was set to open.

Brown this offseason signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in March worth up to $1.0457 million, $550,000 guaranteed. Philadelphia placed him on the reserve/retired list Sunday. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Brown “thought it was time to step away from the game,” according to NBC Sports. 

Brown, a fifth-round pick in 2016 (No. 175 overall) was in the mix to compete for a starting spot with the Eagles and expected to contribute on special teams. The Eagles will receive $900,000 in cap relief as a result of Brown retiring.

Losing Brown thins out an already light linebacking corps in Philly. The Eagles are returning T.J. Edwards, Nate Gerry, Duke Riley, Alex Singleton, while they added Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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