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Commanders rookie linebacker retires

Commanders Wire logo Commanders Wire 8/6/2022 Bryan Manning
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For the second time since training opened, a young Washington Commanders player announced his retirement.

After Friday’s practice, head coach Ron Rivera announced undrafted rookie linebacker Tre Walker was retiring.

“Just real quick,” Rivera said as he began his press conference. “Tre Walker, one of our rookie linebackers, decided he was gonna move on from football. So, that’s why he wasn’t out there today. Tre is a solid young man. He is a guy we had some hopes for, but unfortunately, he just decided it was time to move on. We wanna wish him all the best.”

Rivera was then asked how that conversation went.

“It was a very simple conversation,” Rivera answered. “He said it was something he’d been thinking about, and there’s some things that he wanted to get back to. So, he decided it was time to move on.”

Earlier in camp, wide receiver turned tight end Antonio Gandy-Golden announced his retirement. Gandy-Golden was a fourth-round pick by Washington in 2020 and was in his first camp as a tight end.

Walker started for four years at Idaho and went undrafted in the 2022 NFL draft. He was one of the three undrafted rookie linebackers Washington signed. Earlier this week, one of those linebackers, Drew White, tore his ACL.

Could this prompt the Commanders to revisit the veteran linebacker market?

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