Raiders TE Nick O'Leary Retires After Signing With Team This Offseason

Nick O'Leary
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Nick O'Leary | James Gilbert/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders signed tight end Nick O'Leary with the hope he would fill a role as a backup blocking TE behind Darren Waller. Unfortunately, O'Leary has decided to hang up his cleats before playing a game for them.

O'Leary announced his retirement and was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. The Raiders signed tight end Paul Butler to make up for O'Leary's departure.

The grandson of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, O'Leary was picked in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after a solid career at Florida State. After three seasons in Buffalo, he hopped over to the rival Miami Dolphins, where he caught 12 passes in his 1.5 seasons with the club.

The last we saw of O'Leary was a five-game stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. Unfortunately, his NFL career has come to a close at the age of 27. In total, O'Leary caught 53 passes for 668 yards and four touchdowns in his career.

While by no means the second coming of Tony Gonzalez, O'Leary had a nice career for someone who had to fight for every scrap of playing time as a sixth-round pick. Enjoy retirement, Nick!