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Justin Blalock - G - Free Agent

OG Justin Blalock announced his retirement from football.

The 31-year-old will hang up his cleats after failing to generate much interest during free agency. He started 125 games over eight seasons, all with Atlanta. PFF graded him 26th out of 78 qualified guards last season.

Wonder why he couldn't generate much interest?

Best of luck to him

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http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4216/justin-blalock

G Justin Blalock announced his retirement from football.

The 31-year-old will hang up his cleats after failing to generate much interest during free agency. He started 125 games over eight seasons, all with Atlanta. PFF graded him 26th out of 78 qualified guards last season. Jun 15 - 2:12 PM

Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter

With Baker's release that will probably result in the two biggest staples of our o line the last three years retiring in one off season. (I think baker will retire personally)

The winds of change are truly picking up. It's a new age for our o line, and I for one welcome it with open arms.

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Class act....

“I’d like to sincerely thank the Atlanta Falcons, all my teammates and especially the fans,” Blalock said in a statement posted on Twitter when he was released. “I’ve had an unbelievable 8 years and only wish I could have helped bring a championship to the ATL.”

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/15/justin-blalock-retiring-from-nfl/related/

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Yea, as much as we needed to move on I'm a bit surprised he didn't land somewhere. Maybe they just weren't contenders and weren't offering much so he said he'd rather sit. Certainly serviceable. Good chance Baker and Blalock are done playing.

I was thinking the same thing, but he was linked to the Lions, and I would personally consider them "contenders".

Seems that a team like Buffalo, Washington, Miami, Philadelphia, or New England would've check in on him, too.

Oh well... maybe the money wasn't right for him to warrant risking the wear & tear on his body.

I wish him a happy and healthy life in retirement! I'll remember him fondly as a lifelong Falcon -- a solid second round pick who wound up being one of our better offensive linemen over the past decade.

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Blalock was a great player who deserved better to be honest. He was consistent and healthy his whole career. Mike Smith and Co. ****** with this offense so much after the 08 season, that Blalock didn't get a chance to fulfill his potential. I met his parents before my flight from Dallas to Atlanta for the NFCCG and his parents were surprised by how much I knew about Justin. I wish JB the best and I wish he could of stayed a Falcon

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Justin Blalock - G - Free Agent

OG Justin Blalock announced his retirement from football.

The 31-year-old will hang up his cleats after failing to generate much interest during free agency. He started 125 games over eight seasons, all with Atlanta. PFF graded him 26th out of 78 qualified guards last season.

Wonder why he couldn't generate much interest?

Best of luck to him

Wonder why he couldn't generate much interest? Are you referring to that marshmellow, human turnstile? Because he's SOFT, SOFT, SOFT that's why he garnered no interest.

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Wonder why he couldn't generate much interest? Are you referring to that marshmellow, human turnstile? Because he's SOFT, SOFT, SOFT that's why he garnered no interest.

He did gain interest and I'd love for you to call him soft to his face or maybe you think you could do better than that "marshmallow" hmm?

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