The broadcast of his retirement announcement appeared to catch then Falcons coach Mike Smith off guard. Jerry was the 24th overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft and was likely headed for a reserve role on what turned out being the league’s worst defense.
Jerry’s career path was altered in the second game of his career when he suffered a gruesome knee injury. He came back, but the Falcons would only play him in passing situations in 2010.
On the show, Jerry didn’t appear to have a retirement plan.
Jerry was set to make a base salary of $760,000. He also could have earned another $160,000, by receiving $10,000 per game that he was active.
Over his career, Jerry made $10.3 million and should be in good shape if he didn’t squander his money.