Rashard Mendenhall is either retiring or joining the Grateful Dead

AP

It can be hard to tell sometimes exactly what Rashard Mendenhall means.

But in a surreal — or trippy, or just weird — blog item he wrote for the Huffington Post, Mendenhall has created the impression that he might be retiring.

Maybe.

In his blog, Mendenhall writes about a “vision” he had two years ago, the day after he blew out his knee. He wrote about swimming in a dark sea, toward a vision of the Blessed Mother (even though he’s not Catholic).

Frankly, it reads like there should be a Phish album or a drum circle playing in the background, or perhaps that Ricky Williams has been helping him in his rehab.

“And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace,” he wrote. “Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead.”

As noted by Darren Urban of the team’s official website, it’s not exactly the kind of thing you expect to hear from a soon-to-be free agent, at least not one who is 26 years old.

This is from the same guy who apologized for a stream-of-consciousness set of Sept. 11/Osama bin Laden tweets, without really apologizing for their intent.

Then again, Mendenhall’s coming off a season in which he averaged 3.2 yards per carry, so perhaps he’s seeing something more clearly than most.