Austin Blythe announces his retirement

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The Seahawks went from possibly in the market for a new center to definitely in the market for a new center on Tuesday.

Austin Blythe announced his retirement in a post to his Instagram account. Blythe started every game for the Seahawks in both the regular season and playoffs last season.

Blythe was set to be an unrestricted free agent in March, so there are no cap or signing bonus implications tied to his decision to walk away from the game.

Blythe entered the league as a 2016 seventh-round pick of the Colts and moved on to the Rams the next year. He played 69 games and made 53 starts for the Rams, including Super Bowl LIII, and then played four games for the Chiefs during the 2021 season.

2 responses to “Austin Blythe announces his retirement

  1. He was not going to be the starter next season, if the Seahawks followed what is expected to be the Draft/FA game plan. However, he was a very capable Center and will be missed as a quality backup/mentor for any newby brought on board this offseason. Good luck to him and thanks for the work put into his career.

  2. It’s hard to say Blythe was a great center for the Seahawks. But it is easy to say he was solid, steady and a great leader for the Seahawks. It would be hard for him to keep his starting position if the Hawks find a center in the draft, but I wish he’d stick around one more season for two reasons. One, to support a new rookie center and teach him how to play the game the right way. Two, to collect a decent paycheck while note having to subject his body to the weekly pounding one gets as a center. I wish him the very best.

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