Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen announces retirement after missing most of last 2 seasons with knee injury

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen has announced his retirement via social media after a knee injury caused him to play only one game over the last two seasons.

Jensen, 32, spent the entire 2023 season on injured reserve while dealing with an injury that also sidelined him for the 2022 regular season. Jensen did return to play in the Buccaneers’ playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys that capped their 2022 season.

“With any chapter in the book of life, there is always an ending,” Jensen said in an Instagram post. "The NFL chapter of my life is coming to a close. As this chapter closes and I reflect on every aspect of my career, it makes me proud. In the hard times and the good, there is always something special to learn.

“Retiring from the game you have loved from a very young age is always hard. I am excited for this next chapter and the new opportunities and challenges it will bring.”

The Bucs issued a social media post saying, “You mean more to Tampa Bay than you know” and adding, “Go enjoy retirement!”

Jensen had been with the Buccaneers since 2018 and was the starting center on the 2020 team that won a Super Bowl title. He spent his first three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, who selected him from Colorado State-Pueblo in the sixth round of the 2013 draft.

Jensen made the Pro Bowl in 2021.