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Offensive lineman Stephen Schilling retiring from NFL

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had been optimistic at the league meetings last week about the potential for the team to re-sign veteran offensive lineman Stephen Schilling.

Instead, Schilling has decided he is done with football.

“I had high hopes for that happening,” Carroll said after observing pro day workouts at the University of Washington on Thursday. “I had high hopes that we could. We were excited about it.”

Carroll then deferred any further update to Schilling as to why he may not be back with Seattle next year. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Schilling said he has elected to retire after four seasons in the league.

“Just a personal choice for me at this time in my life,” Schilling told the Times. “I wouldn’t say there was any one reason or not. Just more of a personal choice.”

He appeared in eight games for Seattle last season and started three games in place of an injured Max Unger. A knee injury ultimately landed Schilling on injured reserve in November.

Following the trade of Unger to New Orleans, Schilling could have re-signed and had a chance to compete for the starting job next season as Seattle searches for a replacement. Schilling spent the first three seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers before signing with his hometown Seahawks last season. Schilling grew up in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue.