Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure is retiring after 14 seasons with the Falcons, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Originally a seventh-round draft pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, McClure will announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday. He started 195 games during his career, playing through four coaching changes. After missing his rookie season due to a knee injury, McClure played his way into the starting role during his second season. He holds the Falcons team record for consecutive starts with 148.
The 36-year-old McClure would have been an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but will instead file his retirement papers with the league. Some speculated McClure would retire following the 2011 season, but he signed a one-year deal to return to the Falcons.