METAIRIE (La. Chris Hogan, a receiver for the New Orleans Saints made a brief return in the NFL this season. He decided to retire.
The veteran of 10 years, who was a Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots in the earlier part of his career, was officially put on the reserve/retired roster Saturday.
Hogan had been considering retirement before he joined the Premier Lacrosse League. The Saints lured Hogan back in July and he was offered a roster spot. He caught four passes for 41 yards, one touchdown and played in five games.
Hogan's decision to retire is not clear. Hogan was not suffering from any injuries. The Saints have been increasing their receiving staff in recent weeks. They signed Kenny Stills, a veteran receiver, last month and named Tre'Quan Smith, a veteran receiver, to return from the injured reserve this week. All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas could also be returning soon after undergoing ankle surgery in June.
Hogan, 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, began his career in the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted-free agent in 2011. He bounced from San Francisco to New York Giants to Buffalo Bills before finally making it to the NFL in December 2012. In 2013, he caught his first pass. After playing for the Bills from 2011 to 2015, he spent three seasons with New England between 2016 and 2018, winning two championships. He also spent one season with the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers in 2019, 2020.
Hogan caught 220 passes totalling 2,836 yards, 19 touchdowns and 34 catch for 542 yards in the regular season. He also had 34 catch for 4 TDs in playoffs.