Curt Maggitt has decided to not pursue a sixth year of eligibility at Tennessee after a chip bone in his hip kept him out most of the season. It was thought that he would have a good shot at another year at UT if he wanted to appeal the NCAA. The versatile defensive end/linebacker was injured in the second game against Oklahoma.

Maggitt made the announcement on his Instagram account.

Last season Maggitt finished third in the SEC with 11 sacks and ended 2014 as a consensus 2nd team All-SEC linebacker. Neither Maggitt nor Vols coach Butch Jones commented on the decision to leave the program. The Vols appear to be on the rise and could be the team to beat in the SEC East in 2016. It could’ve been a mutual decision to leave that opens up a scholarship for an incoming player and gives Maggitt time to focus on getting ready for the NFL Draft if it’s something he is wanting to pursue.

Coming into the season it was thought that Maggitt had the pass rush skills to play in the NFL but given his history of injuries he would likely slide to the latter rounds. If he can stay healthy the 6’4 240 pound defender could be guy that terrorizes QBs at the next level for years to come.

Maggitt could be a good fit in New York where Todd Bowles could plug him in his defense and coach him up. The Jets defense improved over last year and a guy like Maggitt could be a good addition.

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