Former Commanders center retires
After acquiring Nick Gates and Ricky Stromberg throughout the offseason, it seemed almost inevitable that the Washington Commanders would part ways with Chase Roullier. The center was a highly productive performer after emerging from a sixth-round selection into the starting lineup, but health was a major factor over the last two years and something that could no longer be depended upon.
Roullier was cut with a post-June 1 injury designation shortly after the 2023 NFL Draft concluded. After taking a visit with the Arizona Cardinals, the former Wyoming star announced his shock retirement on Monday - citing previous complications on the health front giving him a different perspective on what's important in a statement via the team's website.
"It is a very difficult thing to say goodbye to something that has been a large part of my life for over two decades. I can hardly remember a time in my life that I wasn't lacing up and putting on the pads every fall. Through all that time, I have learned some of my biggest lessons, gotten through huge heartbreaks, and had a few of my life's greatest joys. These two years have also given me a lot of time to reflect and gain clarity on my priorities in life. This decision has not been an easy one, but after lots of prayer and processing, I am confident that it is the right one."- Chase Roullier via Commanders.com
This is such a shame for Roullier, who deserves endless credit for rising from obscurity and carving out a profitable career for himself. Injuries are all part of the business, and the player clearly felt that the juice was no longer worth the squeeze.
Every Commanders fan will have nothing but thanks for Roullier's contribution to the team and wish him a very happy retirement.