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NASHVILLE Logan Ryan Jersey , Tenn. (AP) —Brian Orakpo says he's retiring after 10 NFL seasons, wanting to walk away from football on his own terms.Orakpo, 32, announced his decision Monday with teammates on hand. He had planned for months to make the final year of his contract his last in the league."This was definitely a decision solely made for just walking away from the game health-wise," Orakpo said. "I think I played enough football, and as you get older Brynden Trawick Jersey , … the perception is we can keep going and going and going. But your body starts talking to you. This is the first time I actually sat down and listened. I thought this was the appropriate time to go off on a winning note." The 13th pick overall out of Texas in 2009 by Washington, Orakpo was a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker who started all 132 games in his career over six seasons with Washington and four with Tennessee. Orakpo finished with 66 career sacks, 26 of those in Tennessee, 125 quarterback hits and 12 forced fumbles.Orakpo missed the last three games of the season with an injured triceps muscle. The linebacker says he would have been able to play if the Titans (9-7) had reached the postseason. Linebackers Derrick Morgan and Wesley Woodyard and defensive linemen Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones and quarterback Marcus Mariota stuck around to see Orakpo's announcement and posed with the linebacker for a quick photo.The linebacker thanked coach Mike Vrabel for letting him inform the Titans of his decision at a team meeting Monday. Orakpo says he wanted them to hear the news from himself. After he finished, Orakpo also shook hands with reporters. A.J. Brown is a guy I had a first round grade on. Brown is the all-time leading receiver in Ole Miss history with 2,984 total yards. The Titans had to be pretty thrilled that he was still on the..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Tennessee Titans PodcastWhy the Titans drafted A.J. BrownNew Johnathan Cyprien Jersey ,28commentsCDTShareTweetShareShareWhy the Titans drafted A.J. BrownMatt Bush-USA TODAY SportsA.J. Brown is a guy I had a first round grade on. Brown is the all-time leading receiver in Ole Miss history with 2,984 total yards. The Titans had to be pretty thrilled that he was still on the board when they came on the clock with the No. 51 overall pick.The why the Titans took Brown is pretty obvious. Despite signing Adam Humphries in free agency, the Titans still had a need at receiver. It’s a three receiver league nowadays and I’m not sure the Titans had three reliable ones entering tonight. Corey Davis will obviously be the team’s No. 1 wide receiver on the outside and Humphries will occupy out of the slot on a full time basis. It’s possible that Brown now starts on the outside opposite Davis. Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor are still on the roster as well, of course.We all know it’s a big year for Marcus Mariota. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract and has to prove that he can both stay healthy and play at a high level if the team is going to commit to him long term. The Titans have done a lot to improve the players around Mariota this off-season, and they’ll continue to do so in this draft. Brown is yet another big acquistion for them.Brown isn’t the most explosive receiver I’ve ever scouted, but he does an excellent job creating separation at the top of his routes. He has the strong hands necessary to make some tough catches. Drops have been an issue Jayon Brown Jersey , and he’ll have to continue working on that at the next level. Brown’s route running skills are very advanced at this point in his career. He’s also incredibly elusive in the open field. The Titans need to get the ball out of Mariota’s hands quicker than they did last year, and Brown should help him do that with how quickly he gets open.Will Brown be able to seize a starting spot and contribute immediately? That much is yet to be seen. The Titans also took him over his popular running mate, D.K. Metcalf. Do you think that was the right decision, Titans fans? Leave your opinion in the comments.