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Rashard Mendenhall telling teams he’s retiring

Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Rashard Mendenhall AP

There wasn’t a quick developing market for running backs as teams started talking to agents on Saturday and no market will develop at all for one free agent.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that teams are being told that Rashard Mendenhall will retire rather than continue his NFL career. That comes after Mendenhall wrote a piece for the Huffington Post last month that hinted at just such a decision while saying Mendenhall was “eagerly looking to a new way.”

Mendenhall is just 26, but is coming off a year where he scored eight touchdowns for the Cardinals but struggled to produce much when he wasn’t within spitting distance of the end zone. He tore his ACL in 2012 and battled a toe injury last year, which may have contributed to both his underwhelming production and the decision to call it a career at this point.

Given his age, it wouldn’t be shocking to hear Mendenhall linked to a comeback effort at some point in the future. Given Mendenhall’s injury history and overall profile, it also wouldn’t be shocking if it was greeted as indifferently as running backs were on Saturday.

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6 Responses to “Rashard Mendenhall telling teams he’s retiring”
  1. ravenswhat says: Mar 9, 2014 9:38 AM

    Good for him if true. He will still be able to form a sentence when he’s 60.

  2. jobotjones says: Mar 9, 2014 9:43 AM

    Good for him indeed.
    Hopefully he saved/invested his money wisely and now he can enjoy life and support his family without getting punished for a living.

  3. sdsmooth says: Mar 9, 2014 9:50 AM

    It is time.

  4. 1pwrightt says: Mar 9, 2014 10:41 AM

    His last year may not have been his greatest but he came to a team that had no running backs and gave them life (Cardinals) I wish him well on his next endeavor.

  5. blackngold4life says: Mar 9, 2014 1:22 PM

    Mendy always got the bad end of the stick..Especially from STEELER fans..

  6. mikecarter1135 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:40 PM

    Smart move retiring at a young age while he can still feed hisself and not taking 30 pills a day to maintain his brain function. Smart move smart move

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