As his agency announced on Wednesday, wide receiver Cole Beasley has opted to end his 11-year NFL career. Agent Joel Turner told, “He is eager to be with his family after playing 11 seasons and it is time to be a full-time dad and husband.”
“His family is still in Texas, where they live at the moment. All first class by the Glazer family, GM Jason Licht, and head coach Todd Bowles, who came out for the first game after evacuating last week during Hurricane Ian.
for which the Tampa Bay organization hasn’t earned nearly the recognition it deserves. He no longer wishes to be apart from them. He yearns to spend time with his family because of his deep affection for his wife and children.”
Beasley, 33, was promoted to the active roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers four days after signing with the team’s practice squad on September 20. He played against the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, in each of which he recorded four receptions for 17 receiving yards. When Beasley signed with the Bucs, he admitted that he was unsure if he’d ever get another chance to play professionally again.
Thank you to Cole Beasley for his time in Buffalo. Congratulations on a great career. I can not thank you enough for the impact you had on my favorite QB, team and city. God Bless you and your family. https://t.co/TKtUZojEqh
— Jefe (@JSpenceTheKing) October 5, 2022
“For a young man who came out of SMU with no all-star game invitations, who prepared for his pro day working out alone on campus, and who 31 other teams in the NFL passed on as an undrafted free agent with only the Dallas Cowboys offering him a contract, he has had an incredible career,” Turner said. ”
We are really happy for him and grateful to all the teams who gave him a chance to play and realize his American dream. Cole was one to always give his all.” In early March, the Buffalo Bills allowed Beasley to try to negotiate a trade, but they ended up releasing him.
Beasley, who signed with the Bills as a free agent in 2019, had back-to-back seasons with 82 receptions, both of which were career highs. A critic of the NFL’s COVID-19 policies, which have been eased this season, he was fined three times for infractions last season.
Beasley, who did not get the COVID-19 vaccine, missed a game last year because he was infected. Last year, he stated that he had no problem with people choosing to be vaccinated or not, but that he valued the freedom to make that decision for themselves.
Beasley began his professional career in 2012 with the Cowboys after signing with them as an undrafted free agent. He became one of the league’s top slot receivers thanks to his ability to exploit matchups against a zone defense and his speed, which made him difficult to bring down against man coverage.
He ends the season with 554 catches for 5,726 yards and 34 touchdowns. Although he was never chosen for the Pro Bowl, The Associated Press did name him to their All-Pro second team in 2020 after he recorded his best season ever in terms of receptions and receiving yards (967).