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27-year-old quits NFL, $1 million deal

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Afraid of the long-term consequences of an NFL career and uninterested in making a Super Bowl run, Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt shockingly informed the team Tuesday of his plans to retire.

Moffitt, 27, failed to report to the Broncos after their bye week on Monday. A day later, he indicated on his Twitter feed that he was stepping away for good:

A third-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL draft, Moffitt was traded twice this offseason- once to the Cleveland Browns and then finally to Denver after the initial deal was rescinded.

The Broncos pegged the talented, 319- pound guard as an integral part of their line, but he never caught on.┬áHe played in two of Denver’s first eight games and was listed behind Louis Vasquez on the team’s depth chart at right guard.

Walking away from the game will cost Moffitt up to $1 million. He forfeits the $312,500 owed to him for the remainder of the 2013 campaign, as well as his $752,500 salary due for 2014.