Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts signed two wide receivers and waived guard Ben Heenan. The release of Heenan was a somewhat surprising move, as he's a talented player who could have gotten another shot with the Colts.
We now seem to have some clarification as to why the Colts waived Heenan, as it seems the lineman has decided to retire. Multiple outlets, including the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Heenan's former CFL team), have reported that Heenan is stepping away from football.
"My achievements in football simply would not have happened without the outstanding people I have had in my corner, and I will be forever grateful to everyone who helped me play the game for as long as I did," Heenan said in a statement announcing his retirement, according to TSN. "I look forward to seeing what life has to offer after football. I've always been told that when it's over all you have left are friends and memories - I'm happy to be able to leave the game with plenty of both."
Heenan was the former first overall pick in the CFL Draft and played in 52 career games with the Roughriders (starting 49), playing primarily at guard but also a bit at tackle. The Colts signed him last offseason and he worked with the team throughout the offseason, but in training camp he was injured and subsequently released. The Colts brought him back once he was healthy and Heenan spent the last nine weeks of the season on the team's practice squad. Earlier this year, the Colts signed him to a reserve/future contract, and he figured to be a player to keep an eye on as the offseason progressed. At the very least, Heenan figured to compete for a depth spot, but he has opted to retire at the age of 26 instead. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors away from football.