Just two days shy of his 24th birthday, New England Patriots safety Brock Vereen has retired. The Patriots placed Vereen on the reserve/retired list Monday.
Vereen was entering his third season as a pro. The fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft played in 16 games for the Chicago Bears during his rookie season and played in three games during the 2015 season before being released by Chicago. He signed with New England’s practice squad in November after a stint with the Minnesota Vikings and earned a futures contract with the Patriots in January.
This decision comes as a shock to many, as reports suggest Vereen was having a strong training camp with the Patriots.
Vereen, whose brother is New York Giants tailback Shane Vereen, concludes his career with one career interception.