Former Cowboys WR Cole Beasley retiring after 2 games with Buccaneers
Cole Beasley’s latest stint with an NFL team looks like it will turn out to be his last. The former Cowboys receiver and fan favorite signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the team’s Week 3 game; now he’s announcing his retirement from the NFL before Week 5.
NFL Network insiders Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero reported the news midday Wednesday after hearing from Beasley’s agent. “He is ready to be with his family after playing in 11 seasons and it’s time to be a full-time dad and husband,” Justin Turner told the network.
Beasley was brought on in Tampa at the urging of quarterback Tom Brady amid a plague of injuries at the club’s receiver position. Beasley, in his 11th pro season, caught four passes for 17 yards over his two games with the Buccaneers.
The 33-year-old will retire with 554 receptions over 151 game appearances with Dallas, Buffalo, and Tampa Bay. He amassed 5,726 receiving yards and scored 34 receiving touchdowns.
He played for Dallas from 2012 to 2018 and is currently 18th on the Cowboys’ list of all-time leading receivers with 3,271 yards. (Both Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb could pass him this season.) Beasley’s 23 receiving touchdowns in a Cowboys uniform place him 14th in franchise history.
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