Ex-Titan Bennett does about-face, retires

Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 11:07pm

Two days after signing a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, former Tennessee Titans receiver Drew Bennett has decided to retire.

The Web site profootballtalk.com obtained a copy of a statement released by Bennett’s agent, Gary Uberstine, speaking of a knee injury as leading to the about-face from Bennett to end his NFL career after eight seasons, including six in Tennessee.

“After returning home from Baltimore this weekend, a previous knee injury flared up, making me realizing that I am unable to play another NFL season,” Bennett said in the statement. "Therefore, I have decided to retire from the National Football League. I want to thank coach [John] Harbaugh, [offensive coordinator Cam] Cameron and Ozzie Newsome for offering me the opportunity to be a part of their outstanding organization, and apologize to them for this unfortunate situation.

“The Ravens are a first-class organization that I was truly excited to join. After an offseason of workouts and rehab, I thought I was ready to play again, but it became apparent over this weekend that while my mind is willing, my body will not be able to make it through another NFL season. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to play in the NFL for as long as I have, but it is time for me to move on to the next chapter in my life.”

The Ravens had signed Bennett as a potential replacement for another ex-Titan, Derrick Mason, who has said he will retire, but has not yet made the announcement official by filing his paperwork.

Bennett finishes his professional career with 307 receptions for 4,412 yards and 28 touchdowns. His best year came in 2004 with the Titans when he grabbed 80 passes for 1,247 yards and 11 TDs.