Jim Kleinsasser set to retire on his own terms

Jim Kleinsasser believes he can still play but the veteran tight end will retire at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old has been with the Vikings since he was a second-round draft pick in 1999, 13 seasons. He is coming out of contract after the season and told Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune the team had interest in bringing him back.

I still feel like I can play," Kleinsasser said. "I'm walking away with two legs that work great and my head is still intact, so I think I feel good about leaving the game right now and just kind of moving on."

Kleinsasser is a throwback at a position now defined by receiving threats like Jimmy Graham. He’s been a valued member of the Vikings locker room. He can leave the game on his own terms and that’s what so many players never get the opportunity to do.

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