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S Chris Banjo announces retirement as he becomes coach

Cardinals Wire logo Cardinals Wire 2/26/2023 Jess Root
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This isn’t surprising news, but an Arizona Cardinals player from the 2022 season and the last four years has announced his retirement. Safety Chris Banjo announced on social media on Sunday that he was retiring from the NFL.

He made the announcement on his 33rd birthday.

He is the third Cardinals player to retire this offseason, joining J.J. Watt and A.J. Green.

Banjo was actually released last week.

He was released because he is joining Sean Payton’s coaching staff with the Denver Broncos as an assistant special teams coach.

Banjo played a decade in the league for the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Cardinals, making a name for himself primarily on special teams.

He played the last four seasons for the Cardinals as a core special teams player.

He will make the seamless transition from player to coach without any downtime away from the league. Not a bad way to end a playing career.

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