Three years after hearing his named called 24th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bjoern Werner is retiring from football. The former 1st round pick will surely be tabbed as a bust, but it was more so due to injuries than skills on the field.

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The 26-year-old revealed on German television that he’s retiring due to the lack of interest from NFL teams who are cautious to sign a player who has had eight knee operations in eight years.

After a great career at Florida State where Werner collected 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in 2012, he entered the pros as the heir apparent to Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. It never materialized due to his injuries and overall ineffectiveness. During his time in Indy, he played in 38 games totaling 6.5 sacks–four of which happened in his second season.

Werner was waived last March and bounced around the league, mainly holding try-outs for teams, never signing a guaranteed deal.

 

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