NFL Veteran Chase Roullier Announces Retirement: Injury-Plagued Seasons Take Toll

Chase Roullier, the veteran center who recently worked out for the Cardinals, has made the difficult decision to retire from football. After enduring two injury-plagued seasons, Roullier announced on Wednesday that he is stepping away from the game he loves.

The 29-year-old suffered a fractured fibula in 2021, which prematurely ended his season after just eight games. Unfortunately, his misfortune continued in the following year when he tore his MCL during Washington’s Week 2 game, resulting in surgery and effectively ending his comeback attempt. Roullier’s playing time in the 2022 season was limited to a mere two games. Realizing the toll these injuries have taken on his body and the demanding rehabilitation process they necessitated, Roullier has decided to call it quits on his six-season NFL career.

Notably, Washington had previously shown confidence in Roullier’s abilities by awarding him a lucrative contract extension in January 2021. The four-year, $40.5 million deal, with $19 million guaranteed, demonstrated the team’s belief in his talent and value. Little did they know then how crucial that financial security would prove to be in light of Roullier’s subsequent injury struggles.

Prior to his injury-riddled seasons, Roullier had been a mainstay at the center position for Washington. He emerged as a starter during his rookie season in 2017, eventually becoming a consistent presence in the lineup through the end of the 2020 season. In fact, his performance during the 2020 season earned him recognition as one of the top five centers in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Over the course of his career, Roullier appeared in 69 games, starting 63 of them.

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With Roullier’s retirement, the Commanders, formerly known as Washington, have shifted their focus to other options at center. Ricky Stromberg, whom they drafted in the third round, and former Giants center Nick Gates are now part of the team’s plans. Gates brings versatility to the offensive line, having played both center and guard during his time in New York. It is worth noting that Gates’ playing time has been limited since a September 2021 injury abruptly halted his tenure as the Giants’ starting center.

As the football world bids farewell to Chase Roullier, his decision serves as a reminder of the physical toll and uncertainties that professional athletes face throughout their careers. His contributions on the field and the challenges he overcame will be remembered by fans and teammates alike. While Roullier may be stepping away from the game, his impact and dedication will not be forgotten.

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