Quick Hits: Michael Strahan Retires, Cedric Benson Released

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJune 9, 2008

We are now just a few weeks away from the time most NFL Training Camps open up, and some news has broke over the past few days.

Here to discuss it all is NFL Guru (a little self love never hurt) Joe Willett.

Michael Strahan Retires

One of the greatest pass rushers of all time, Strahan retired fifth on the NFL sack list.

He has played 15 seasons and wants to go out on top.  Let's just say you can't go out more on top than the NFL Champion beating out the perfect Patriots.

Strahan's agent said that money was never an issue (he had $4 million waiting for him if he played this season) but he really wanted a Super Bowl ring.

"I really believe that was it," Tony Agnone, Strahan's agent, told The Associated Press. "He really felt he has a chance to repeat this year, so it was tough to walk away."

This is the second possible Hall of Famer to retire this season, and there is going to be quite a HOF ticket with both Brett Favre and Strahan on it.

Marcus Robinson Retires a Bear

Robinson returned to the team that he had played six of his 11 seasons to retire.

He was drafted in the fourth round out of South Carolina and had some of his best seasons with the Bears.

In 1999, he had 1,400 yards, which still stands as a Chicago Bears receiving record.

He also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions.

He spent his final season on IR with the Detroit Lions.

Cedric Benson Released

More Chicago Bears news, as Cedric Benson was released from the Bears after two arrests for doing stuff drunk this off season.

He arrived to camp Monday but was then sent home after being told that he was no longer a member of the Chicago Bears.

Bears GM Jerry Angelo let other Bears know that Benson wouldn't be the only casualty of losing his job for offseason problems.

"Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate," General Manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement.

"When individual priorities overshadow team goals, we suffer the consequences as a team," Angelo said. "Those who fail to understand the importance of 'team' will not play for the Chicago Bears."

Rookie Matt Forte will likely be the starter for the Bears with veteran Adrian Peterson and 2nd year back Garret Wolfe backing him up.

I would like to note that at the end of my recent interview with Cedric (linked above), I said the words "and to think I could have saved his job."

That is a prediction of actions to come, and I was so right, so, to the haters...


I'm Joe W.

Information and quotes for this article were used from NFL.com