Injured Saints OL Mayberry retires after 10 seasons

Updated: October 16, 2006, 10:34 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Veteran offensive lineman Jermane Mayberry, currently on the New Orleans Saints' injured reserve list and out for the season with a right shoulder injury, has retired.

Mayberry, 33, was one of the NFL's most versatile linemen over the past decade, and started at every position except center during his 10-year career.

Most of that career, which included a Pro Bowl invitation in 2002, was spent with the Philadelphia Eagles, whose chose him in the first round of the 1996 draft. Mayberry moved into the starting lineup with the Eagles in his second season and became a fixture on the unit, although not always at the same position.

During his stint with the Eagles, he started 65 games at right guard, 17 at left tackle, 10 at left guard and four at right tackle. He also became a strong presence in the Philadelphia community, where he was known for a variety of charitable endeavors.

The Saints signed Mayberry to a four-year contract as an unrestricted free agent in 2005 and projected him as their starting right tackle on a line that was built for a power running game. But in the 2005 draft, New Orleans selected right tackle Jammal Brown in the first round, and Mayberry was moved to right guard.

The shoulder injury, however, limited Mayberry to only 11 appearances and eight starts last season. Unable to fully rehabilitate the shoulder, Mayberry was limited in training camp and placed on injured reserve.

For his career, the former Texas A&M-Kingsville standout appeared in 123 games with 104 starts.

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