Nine-time Pro Bowler Lynch to retire Monday

Perennial Pro Bowl safety John Lynch will announce his retirement Monday at a press conference in Tampa Bay.

Lynch spent the first 11 seasons of his 15-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing with the Denver Broncos in 2004. He was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, which is second in league history among safeties, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Houston (10).

Both Buccaneers and Broncos officials are scheduled to attend Lynch’s retirement announcement.

Lynch had considered a comeback this season but in the end decided the best thing for himself and his family was to bring his impressive career to a close.

In 224 career regular-season games (191 starts), Lynch totaled 1,277 tackles (789 solo), 26 interceptions, 13 sacks, 100 pass breakups, 16 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.

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