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Tony Ugoh decides to retire

Posted Jul 30, 2012

Ugoh left Chiefs Camp prior to Monday's practice


St. Joseph, Mo. - The Chiefs were at their 90-man roster limit for only a few hours on Monday.

Shortly after the team announced the signing of Edgar Jones it was revealed that veteran offensive tackle Tony Ugoh had opted to retire. Ugoh began the day taking part in Kansas City’s morning walk-thru, but was not present for the start of afternoon practice.

Chiefs officials confirmed Ugoh's decision shortly after practice got underway.

“People don’t realize how hard it is to bounce around from team to team,’’ said offensive tackle Eric Winston . “It’s tough on families. There are a lot of things going on in people’s lives. You don’t know what’s going on.”

Ugoh signed with Kansas City on July 26th to compete for the job at swing tackle behind Winston and Branden Albert. He had been working at left tackle behind Albert and rookie Donald Stephenson while learning the offensive playbook during the early stages of training camp.

A five-year pro out of Arkansas, Ugoh entered the NFL with Indianapolis as the 42nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The 28-year old appeared in 40 career games (28 starts) with the Colts and N.Y. Giants. He was part of New York's Super Bowl run last season after signing with the team in early December.

“Guys sometimes lose interest,” Winston said. “I respect him for backing away more so than anything. There are a lot of guys trying to fake it and pick up another paycheck. The thing about this game is it’s hard to fake it, and I think he knew that. He was just ready to move on.’’