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Buccaneers receiver Evan Spencer retires from football

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Training Camp Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like wide receiver Evan Spencer has retired from football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed him on the reserve/retired list, a few days after he was cut from the 53-man roster and re-signed to the practice squad.

Spencer was a sixth-round pick out of Ohio State for Washington in the 2015 NFL draft, but failed to make the team last year. He spent all of the past offseason with the Buccaneers and looked to have locked up a receiver spot pretty early in training camp. The Bucs decided they’d rather have veteran Cecil Shorts on the roster, though, and cut Spencer just a few days ago.

Spencer could come out of retirement at some point in the future, but it’s rare for a player to give up football and then return to it, though, especially a player who’s just on the margins of a team’s roster.