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Report: C Jeremy Newberry Will Retire

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Man, you just sign a guy and he decides to quit football forever. Isn't that just the way of things?

ProFootballTalk reports that Jeremy Newberry, he of the bad knees and veteran pedigree, will retire before the season begins. This removes the veteran insurance from the equation if something happens to Troy Todd McClure and brings signing Brett Romberg into a backup role. The team might also crawl back to Alex Stepanovich and beg him to come back, which probably will result in a West SIde Story-style love, er, story. I just re-signed a lineman named Stepanovich...

Crazy ramblings aside, this isn't a good thing. Newberry was somewhat of a question mark because of his injury history, but it's rare to see someone of his skillset backing up a starter who has had one or two injuries of his own to contend with. Our depth takes an immediate hit, and while I like Romberg, we're not really sure what he's going to be able to do.

Of course, this is all moot if McClure just stays healthy and effective all year, but this rainy day must be killing my optimism. What are your thoughts?