Former New England Patriots wide receiver Tre Nixon announced his retirement from the NFL Monday on his Instagram.

The 26-year-old was drafted during the 2021 NFL Draft in the seventh round at No. 242 by the Patriots. Nixon was drafted out of the University of Central Florida where he played three seasons. He dealt with a shoulder injury in his final season in Florida, playing four games and totaling 19 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

Nixon was known as Ernie Adams’ final draft pick before he announced his retirement from New England.

“Football has been a huge part of my life for the past 20 years,” Nixon wrote. “I’ll forever cherish the memories and relationships I’ve made while playing this game. I am truly grateful for everyone who’s supported me along this journey and I’m excited for what God has in store for me next.”

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The Patriots waived Nixon in August of 2023 and did not clock any time in a regular season game over his two years. He spent time on the practice squad before being released and did not sign with another team.

Nixon officially did not come back in new England in March of 2024 after the Patriots declined to re-sign him.

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