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Buffalo Bill’s rookie offensive lineman retires suddenly at the age of 24

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After receiving an invite to the Buffalo Bills’ rookie minicamp tryout, Will Ulmer signed on May 15, becoming the franchise’s first undrafted free agent reported by Doug Kyed of PFF.

The Marshall University graduate started 57 games with Thunder Herd, a school record, and the 6-foot-4, 312-pound offensive lineman seemed thrilled to sign with the Bills. He proudly shared the news on Instagram and wrote: “God is so good!! Blessed to be a Bill💙❤️.”

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Ulmer’s UDFA deal was a three-year deal worth about $2.56 million, but only $2,500 was fully guaranteed, according to OvertheCap.com. If he had made the final list, his base salary for the 2022 NFL season would have been $705,000.

On Wednesday June 8th, however One Bills Live Host Chris Brown reported that Ulmer is no longer a member of the team. Brown tweeted at 1:24 p.m. ET: “The #Bills announced that they have fired undrafted rookie OL Will Ulmer. He signed with Buffalo after a rookie minicamp test.”

Thirty minutes after Brown’s tweet, Ulmer announced he was retiring from football and posted a detailed message personal message on twitter. However, based on the 24-year-old’s note, he appears to have requested the Bills’ release after realizing he no longer wanted to play.

The Right Tackle wrote: “There comes a time in every footballer’s life when they have to hang up their boots and for me, that day is today. This was a decision I made after spending hours praying on the subject. I am very grateful to the Buffalo Bills organization and Coach McDermott for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“When I reached the top of organized football, it became blatantly clear to me that there are far more important things in life than playing football,” Ulmer continued.

Ulmer thanked all of his coaches, family and support system for helping him achieve his dreams but wrote: “I look forward to being a more present son, brother, friend and overall a happier person.”

After Ulmer’s name went unnamed in the 2022 NFL Draft, Ulmer’s pro career was on the line. After an invitation from the Packers never materialized, he attended rookie mini-camp with the Kansas City Chiefs but was not offered a contract.

However, Ulmer was thrilled to score another invite from the Chiefs’ AFC rivals. He tweeted on May 11th: “Can’t wait to get to Buffalo for Rookie Mini Camp this weekend!! #BillsMafia.”

“At first I thought it was Green Bay, but then it fell through,” Ulmer told the Herald-Dispatch on May 16. “Then it was the Chiefs and I doing their rookie minicamp last weekend, and then it was the Buffalo Bills. I came up here and had some success with it.”

If Ulmer were still playing, he would face stiff competition in proper tackle, even for a spot on the practice team. In addition to Dion Dawkins and Spencer Brown, the Bills’ clear starters, Buffalo also has Tommy Doyle, recently signed veteran David Quessenberry, and their 2022 NFL Draft sixth-round pick Luke Tenuta.

In addition to Ulmer, the Bills also signed a trio of undrafted offensive linemen: Tanner Owen, Derek Kerstetter and Alec Anderson.

Ulmer must have really impressed the Bills’ coaching staff. After just two days in Buffalo, a team scout approached him to get cleaned up for a meeting. “He didn’t just come out and say they were going to sign me, but I knew it was a really good sign,” Ulmer told the Herald-Dispatch.

After officially signing his UDFA deal, Ulmer sounded relieved. “I’ve worked so hard on this thing for so long and this was one of my very last chances to have some success and get my foot in the door and it’s an amazing feeling,” said the rookie.

However, Ulmer sang a very different tune in early June. Concluding his retirement announcement on Wednesday, he wrote: “This has been a long journey and I have enjoyed every step along the way. I can wait to see what God has in store for the next season of my life.”

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After officially signing his UDFA deal, Ulmer sounded relieved. “I’ve worked so hard on this thing for so long and this was one of my very last chances to have some success and get my foot in the door and it’s an amazing feeling,” said the rookie.



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