Biggs: Pace could be ready to hang 'em up
Being a mentor might not be for Orlando Pace.
The 13-year veteran said he will consider retirement after the season, meaning Sunday’s game at Detroit for the Chicago Bears could be the final one in the storied career of the veteran left tackle.
Pace injured his groin muscle on Nov. 29 at Minnesota. He was inactive for the next three games before serving as a third tackle last Monday. He’ll be in that role again vs. the Lions, serving as the backup for Chris Williams, the Bears’ 2008 first-round draft pick.
"I miss playing. I'm a player. I've been playing for a while so this is an adjustment for me," Pace said. "That's why I said I really have to re-evaluate what I want to do as far as my career goes. It's just one of those things. I understand the situation."
The 34-year-old Pace started the first 11 games of the season, and allowed only three sacks. He’s signed through 2011, and is set to earn $3.75 million next season with a $250,000 roster bonus.
"After the season I will re-evaluate and see how I feel, if it makes sense (to return in 2010), and if I even want to play," Pace said.
The Bears like their future with Williams at left tackle, and the plan right now is for Kevin Shaffer to play right tackle. If Pace departs, the team will be in need of a swing tackle. James Marten, recently promoted from the practice squad, is an option.
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