February 23, 2011

Short-time Saint DE Spicer retires as a Jaguar

Former Saint defensive end Paul Spicer, a long-time Jaguar who was inactive through the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV run, signed a one-day contract to retire in Jacksonville.

Spicer went to training camp with the Saints in 2009 and played four preseason games as a Saint.  The Saints released him in the roster cutdown and he was without a team until re-joining New Orleans before the bye week.  Spicer replaced an injured Charles Grant on the roster.

Spicer, 35, played seven seasons in Jacksonville, racking up 252 tackles and 28.5 sacks in 63 starts.  A roleplayer for six seasons, he emerged as a starter and a major contributor in 2005 following a 2004 season cut short by a broken leg.

Inactive for the Super Bowl, Spicer still received a ring, a fitting cap to a hard-working career that struggled to get started, being cut by Seattle and Detroit and playing a stint in the CFL.  He finally caught on with the Jaguars in 2000 and worked his way into the starting lineup. 

"I'm not a New Orleans Saint. I'm always going to be a Jaguar at heart," Spicer was quoted.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Spicer plans on pursuing a coaching career.

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