Anthony Smith, the defensive end who signed with the Denver Broncos last month after eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders, retired on Friday.
"He indicated to the coach today that he had played a long time and had played enough," Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano said.
Smith, a No. 1 draft choice of the Raiders in 1990, had 54½ sacks, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in his career. Last year, he played 13 games and had 6½ sacks.
Smith was trying to join a defensive line that includes ends Neil Smith, Alfred Williams, Harald Hasselbach and Marvin Washington, who signed as a free agent from San Francisco. Maa Tanuvasa is the top defensive tackle.
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