From a team standpoint, the retirement of two All-Pro offensive linemen and a pair of starting defensive tackles may be the most dramatic news of the day.
The retirement of the former Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys stars Terrell Suggs and Terrell McClain comes as the NFL prepares to begin the offseason program.
Suggles was the longest-tenured player on the Ravens, playing his final game for the team on Nov. 5, 2014.
McClain played the final four games of the year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in the preseason.
They are the first two players to retire in the NFL this season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the retirements in a statement released Thursday.
Suckas and McClains, the team’s two best defensive linemen, were among the NFL’s top players at their positions during the 2014 season, winning the Silver and Black with a combined 8,716 total tackles.
In 2016, the two were voted to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season.
Sucks and McClain also have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported on Twitter that McClain’s retirement comes at the same time as the retirement, in which of the three offensive tackles, Sugges and McClines are the only one still with the team.
The NFL has previously said it was evaluating whether to retain Sugg.
The Ravens signed Suggys in 2013 after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers and signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.
McClains has played in only seven games over the last three seasons with the Cowboys, but has been an impact player.
He started 15 games at left tackle for Dallas, including seven in 2016.
He had 14 tackles in 2015 and was the Cowboys’ defensive line leader last season with 7.5 sacks.
McClas is a two-time Pro Bowler and had his best season in 2015, when he recorded four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.