Channing Crowder Retiring After Dolphins Release, According To Channing Crowder

LB Channing Crowder has decided to call it a career -- at age 27. The former Dolphins LB surprisingly announced his retirement on Tuesday.

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Channing Crowder Tells Radio Host: 'I'm Retiring. I'm Hanging It Up'

Two weeks after the Miami Dolphins released linebacker Channing Crowder, the 27-year-old told a Miami radio sports talk show that he is retiring from the NFL.

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The news is a bit shocking considering Crowder's age, his years in the NFL (six) and the fact that he had a workout with the New England Patriots just three days ago. Of course, this could all some kind of manuever on Crowder's part, so stay tuned.

Crowder spent his entire six-year career with the Dolphins after being drafted in 2005 after a successful career at the University of Florida. Crowder made 33 tackles in 11 games last season while missing five games with injuries. He finished his career with 469 tackles.

Crowder's pro career might be remembered more for what happened off the field than what happened on it. He caused a brief stir when he intimated that he sold jerseys to boosters while at Florida. He also got into verbal jousts with Jets coach Rex Ryan and Baltimore Ravens FB Le'Ron McClain.

For more on Crowder and his brief career, visit The Phinsider.

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Channing Crowder Released By Miami Dolphins, According To Report

The Channing Crowder era is over in Miami as the Dolphins have reportedly released the linebacker, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Crowder's release comes as a bit of surprise in this young free agency period. 

Crowder is a solid player who is just 27 years old so he should find a home rather quickly. The period to release players started on Thursday afternoon and players can't officially sign with teams until Friday night.

Crowder came to the Dolphins in 2005 as their third round pick where he was quickly inserted into the starting lineup, a job he never lost. He's probably best remembered for his personality as he always had something interesting (and sometimes inappropriate) to say.

Crowder is the son of former Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Crowder. 

Check out SB Nation's The Phinsider to see what Dolphins fans are saying about this latest move. 

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