jimmythegreek Posts:10538 Followers:377
On 03/09/2014 11:51 AM in NFL


RB Rashard Mendenhall to retire

By Adam Schefter | ESPN

Teams have been told that Arizona Cardinals free-agent running back Rashard Mendenhall is retiring, according to sources.

Mendenhall hinted at as much in a Feb. 25 column he wrote for the Huffington Post when he said, "As I write this, today is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead."

The 26-year-old Mendenhall was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2008 draft. In six NFL seasons, Mendenhall rushed for 4,236 yards and scored 39 total touchdowns.

He was reunited last season with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, his offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh from 2008-2011.

The sixth-year back battled turf toe for a majority of last season. Once healthy in 2013, Mendenhall scored five touchdowns in his final eight games but never eclipsed the 100-yard mark in a game. Only four other running backs had more touchdowns than Mendenhall during that stretch.

After last season ended, Mendenhall told Arians he wanted to write books and do different things than play football. And so, after rushing for 687 yards on 217 carries (both team highs) and scoring eight touchdowns last season, Mendenhall now believes he has played his last NFL down.

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sharpsquare Posts:2189 Followers:5
03/09/2014 02:38 PM

Have to respect the guy for making what had to be a tough decision. He could of easily signed a new contract and cashed checks for another couple season with a half ass effort not really wanting to be there but also not wanting to pass on all that cash.