NFL rumors: Rashard Mendenhall to retire?

Dec 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post, where he reflected back on the past two years where he was recovering from a torn ACL. It was a thoughtful piece from Mendenhall, and there was an interesting comment at the end that has led some to believe Mendenhall is considering hanging up his cleats and calling it a career.

Mendenhall wrote:

And 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.

When you read that quote out of context, it certainly sounds like Mendenhall is ready to call it a career.

However, you have to look at the piece as a whole.

By reading everything that comes before Mendenhall’s final sentence, it looks like “the journey that is over” is his road to recovery and getting back to 100 percent.

If Mendenhall was simply saying he is back to full health and ready to get back to the field without any lingering injury, that could be great news for the Cardinals offense or whichever team picks him up in free agency.

What do you think of Mendenhall’s comments? Was he hinting that he could retire or simply saying he is 100 percent and ready to begin a new chapter in his career? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts on what the Cardinals running back had to say.

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, NFL, NFL Rumors, Rashard Mendenhall

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