After much speculation, the Chicago Bears confirmed Thursday in a one-sentence press release that veteran OT John Tait is retiring after 10 seasons in the NFL.
Tait joined the Bears in 2004 and started at least 13 games in every season in Chicago. However, a nagging ankle injury led Tait to retire rather than play out the last year of a six-year, $33 million contract.
Tait, who played collegiately at BYU, was a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999. He spent five seasons in Kansas City before leaving for Chicago as a free agent.