Chargers' Thomas retires

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, Last Updated: 4:45 PM ET

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Chargers revealed on Saturday that left tackle Tra Thomas has retired.

Thomas had been signed to a one-year contract back in June, but knee troubles ended his preparation for the upcoming season and resulted in arthroscopic surgery.

The 35-year-old was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Florida State by Philadelphia and spent 11 seasons with the Eagles before joining Jacksonville as a free agent in March 2009.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Thomas appeared in only eight games -- three starts -- with the Jaguars last season.

For his career, he has played in 174 contests with 168 starts.


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