The Bears may be losing one of their big O-linemen as word is John Tait is thinking about walking away and retiring from the NFL. Below is the report from today’s Chicago Sun-Times:
Two sources said offensive tackle John Tait is seriously considering retirement, and a third source close to the team called it a fait accompli that Tait will not return for 2009 despite having one year left on his contract. Tait played through injuries the last few years and underwent ankle surgery after the 2006 season, but the Bears were hoping to get another year out of him after moving him back to right tackle in 2008 to help prolong his career.
With John St. Clair set to become an unrestricted free agent Feb. 27, Tait’s departure would leave the team with only one tackle under contract: 2008 first-round pick Chris Williams, who didn’t start a game as a rookie after undergoing disc surgery on his back in August.