Kyle Love had option to retire from Patriots, agent says

Rick Stewart

Despite it being apparent that New England released the defensive tackle for having Type-2 diabetes, Love just wants to play football and avoid pursuing a lawsuit.

Kyle Love, only 26, could be retired right now. Instead, he has decided to keep looking for a new NFL team for the 2013 season after the Patriots released him for a medical condition. He will not pursue legal action against the franchise for what could be a potential violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to his agent, Richard Kopelman, via Pro Football Talk. New England reportedly gave Love the option to retire for a year after his medical diagnosis of Type-2 diabetes or be released and look for a new home.

Love chose to be released because he just wants to play football, and Kopelman has expressed that at this time he won't pursue a lawsuit against the team.

An undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Mississippi State, Love overcame the odds not only made the roster of one of the best teams in the NFL, but has started 25 regular season games over the last two years, including the Patriots' loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. Love teamed with Vince Wilfork in the middle of the defensive line and the team finished ninth against the run last season in terms of rushing yards allowed.

But when he was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, the team released him on May 15. While that could be considered a clear violation of the law, Love has decided to not ruffle feathers and pursue his NFL career instead of a lawsuit. That doesn't mean that someone else won't, whether it's the league office or an outside party upset with the blatant violation, but for Love, he has appeared to move on.

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