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Eagles backup player decides to retire from NFL at age 27


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Philadelphia Eagles backup center David Molk is retiring from the NFL, according to an official announcement from the team.

The 27-year-old Molk suffered a torn biceps injury in Week 1 that caused him to miss 15 games last season. The Michigan alumnus originally joined the Eagles during the 2014 offseason. He went on to earn a job as the top replacement to starting center Jason Kelce. Molk played in seven games for Philadelphia in 2014 and started four. Measuring in at 6-1, 298 pounds, he lacked the ideal size to be an effective long-term starter.

Despite being a relative unknown to Eagles fans, Molk was an interesting personality. It's believed he is the anonymous player who wrote a book about how he hates playing in the NFL. His early retirement now only further confirms this suspicion.

Molk was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason. The Eagles would have been required to tender him in order to keep his rights. Instead it's Molk who has decided to leave the game for good.

The Eagles will need to find a new backup center with Molk out of the picture. Josh Andrews might be an internal option. The Birds could look to address the offensive line in free agency and/or the 2016 NFL Draft.

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