Offensive lineman Stephen Schilling stepping away from NFL

SEATTLE (AP) Offensive lineman Stephen Schilling intends to retire from the NFL despite an offer to play another season for the Seattle Seahawks.

Schilling confirmed his decision Thursday, saying it's ''just a personal choice for me at this time in my life.''

Seattle was hopeful of bringing Schilling back for a second season. He started three games and appeared in eight total games this past season for the Seahawks before suffering a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve.

Coach Pete Carroll was hopeful at the owners meetings last week that Schilling would be re-signed, but his tone had changed when asked about the negotiations after Washington's pro day Thursday.

Schilling, 26, played three seasons for San Diego before joining Seattle.

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