After eight NFL seasons, including six with the Green Bay Packers, cornerback Davon House is retiring as a Packer for life. The announcement was made on Tuesday by general manager Brian Gutekunst.
House was drafted in the fourth round by the team during the 2011 NFL Draft. He became the first player selected out of New Mexico State University in 23 years.
Through his rookie year, House was just a depth player in what was a rather deep corner group of Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, and Sam Shields. House made significant progress in his second season before a shoulder injury robbed him of the first six regular-season games. He returned in week seven and played in nine games, which included five starts.
In 2013, House was named the fourth cornerback, however, he played in all 16 games, starting five. The following year, he was again a backup but was a reliable player if the defense was in a pinch for snaps. The 2013 and 2014 seasons were arguably House’s best years with the Packers. Over the course of those two years, he recorded 71 tackles, 20 pass deflections, and two interceptions.
Hoping to play a more significant role, House explored free agency during the 2015 offseason. He signed a four-year, $24.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and became a starter. His first year with the Jaguars was his best season as a pro, recording 60 tackles, 23 pass deflections, and four interceptions. Unfortunately, House lost his starting job the next season after Jacksonville signed Prince Amukamara and drafted Jalen Ramsey.
That eventually led House back to Green Bay after his release. He played his final two seasons with the Packers with his second being cut short by another shoulder injury.
Although his playing time was inconsistent, House typically made the most of the reps he provided. When injuries struck, and the team needed a fill-in or had to turn to an emergency starter, House was one of the more reliable players of the last decade.
Today, he remains thankful for the opportunities he was given.
“Looking at it now, I wouldn’t take it back,” House said via the team’s official website. “I’m glad I was drafted by Green Bay and glad I was drafted in the fourth round. There have been a lot of good fourth-round picks … and I’m so blessed to be a part of that group.”
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.