Former Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Eric Steinbach is retiring from the NFL, announced Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Steinbach was Marvin Lewis' second-draft pick following quarterback Carson Palmer during the 2003 NFL Draft. Steinbach, a durable freak of versatility, played 63 of a possible 64 games (62 as a starter) during his four seasons with the Bengals, started all three positions (tackle, guard, center) on the offensive line.
He was part of one of the best (though not the best) offensive lines in franchise history with Richie Braham at center, Bobbie Williams at right guard and Levi Jones and Willie Anderson at left and right tackle respectively. That offensive line in 2005 helped Rudi Johnson set the team's single-season rushing record with 1,458 yards rushing, as well as opening lanes for Johnson to score 36 touchdowns from 2004-2006. Additionally quarterback Carson Palmer was only sacked 19 times.
Eventually the band broke up while free agency called to Steinbach, signing a seven-year deal worth $49.5 million with $17 million guaranteed with the Cleveland Browns. At the time it was the richest contract by an offensive lineman. Cleveland eventually released him this year and he signed with the Miami Dolphins on July 26.