Morgan Burnett retires as a Packer

Former safety Morgan Burnett, who played eight seasons (2010-2017) in Green Bay, has informed the club of his decision to retire with the Packers. The announcement was made Aug. 30 by General Manager Brian Gutekunst.

Burnett was originally selected in the third round (No. 71 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Packers out of Georgia Tech. He started all 102 regular-season games and all 11 postseason contests he played in with Green Bay.

Burnett contributed to teams that won the NFC North five times, finished with 10-plus wins on six occasions and won Super Bowl XLV.

Over his eight years with the Packers, Burnett registered 721 tackles (556 solo), nine interceptions, 7½ sacks, 69 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries. He finished with 100-plus tackles four times and was the only Packer to surpass 100 tackles each season from 2011-14.

Burnett finished No. 3 among Green Bay safeties (since 1982) in career sacks, trailing only Leroy Butler (20½) and Mark Murphy (11), according to STATS.

In the playoffs, Burnett recorded 66 tackles (54 solo), two sacks, two interceptions and eight passes defensed. Burnett finished his career playing a season with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2018) and a season with the Cleveland Browns (2019), playing 19 games with 10 starts over those two years.