NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that former Atlanta Falcons guard Justin Blalock has decided to retire. Blalock was cut by the Falcons in February, making him a free agent. The eight-year veteran blocker received some interest back in March in free agency, but things had gone quiet in the months since.
Blalock, 31, was one of the Falcons’ most consistent and reliable starters over the past eight years, starting 100 consecutive games between 2008 and 2014 without missing a single offensive snap. That streak was snapped this past season when he suffered a back injury against the Minnesota Vikings in Week Four. Blalock finished his Falcons career with 125 total starts at left guard after being the team’s second-round pick out of Texas in 2007.
The Falcons have since signed Mike Person and Chris Chester to fill Blalock’s mantle at left guard. Chester is expected to start.