Jones retires four months after signing with Panthers

Updated: August 7, 2005, 9:27 PM ET
Associated Press

Carolina Panthers: Tight end Freddie Jones retired Sunday, ending his eight-year career just four months after signing a free agent contract with the Panthers.

Jones spent five seasons in San Diego and three in Arizona and had 404 career catches. He wasn't exactly a fit with the Panthers, who use their tight ends primarily for blocking.

"It was in the best interest of my family that I conclude my career at this time," Jones said. "I appreciate the Panthers signing me. It's a top-notch organization ...

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