Former Saints safety Chris Banjo retires as a player, joins Sean Payton as coach

News of this development broke before he could announce it himself, but it’s still good to see Chris Banjo get his moment in the spotlight. The former New Orleans Saints safety spent the last three seasons playing for the Arizona Cardinals, but he’s hung up his helmet to grab a polo T-shirt and join Sean Payton on the Denver Broncos.

“The cats already out the bag!” Banjo wrote from his official Twitter account, “But on my 33rd Birthday I’m officially retiring from PLAYING in the NFL.”

Banjo was hired by Payton as an assistant special teams coach, where he’ll work closely with special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica and assistant head coach Mike Westhoff. It’s a role he’s well suited for; Banjo logged over 2,600 snaps in the kicking game throughout his 10-year NFL career with the Saints, Cardinals, and Green Bay Packers. Now he gets to see the game from a new perspective and continue his football life. Good luck to him.


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Story originally appeared on Saints Wire