Free Agent Rashard Mendenhall retires from the NFL

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Rashard Mendenhall has opted to retire from the NFL.

Mendenhall, 26, has not been the same player he was prior to his 2012 ACL injury. Recently he hinted in a Huffington Post blog that he was considering retirement.

The six-year career of Mendenhall will come to a close with 4,236 rushing yards, 72 touchdowns and a 3.9 average yards-per-carry.

Last season Mendenhall had 687 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.

Andre Ellington will now step into the role of the No. 1 running back in Arizona.