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Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa tweets suggest he’s leaning toward retiring at 25

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It appears as if New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa, who has struggled to stay healthy and get on the field in his two seasons with the team, is walking away from football.

Odighizuwa took to Twitter on Monday to express his intention to take a break.

If he indeed is leaving the game, it is a shocker to the Giants. A team source told NJ Advance Media they could not shed much light on what Odighizuwa was referring to, or may have meant. The Giants have not made any formal announcements related to his tweets, and there is no indication they have been informed of any change in Odighizuwa’s status as an active player.

Odighizuwa is only 25 years old and although he has not contributed much since arriving as a 2015 third-round draft pick out of UCLA, the Giants had not given up on him. He would have come into the 2017 season expected to fill a role as a backup behind starters Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, marquee players who logged a ton of playing time last season, perhaps too much time.

Odighizuwa played in 14 games in 2016, but mostly was used on special teams as the coaching staff did not fully trust him in the defensive end rotation. He had only three tackles all season. As a rookie in 2015, Odighizuwa played in four games, battling through hamstring and foot injuries. He has yet to register a sack in the NFL.

The Giants begin their offseason training program April 18. All activities between then and the team’s mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled for June 13-15, are voluntary for all players under contract.

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