Offensive lineman Stephen Schilling intends to retire from the NFL despite an offer to play another season for the Seattle Seahawks.
Schilling, 26, 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, a Bellevue High graduate, 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 the University of Washington’s pro day Thursday.
Vikings sign Rayford
The Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Mike Kafka and defensive end Caesar Rayford.
Rayford, a former Bethel High and University of Washington star, has played mostly in the CFL.
Dolphins sign Freeman
Quarterback Josh Freeman signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after sitting out last season.
The 2009 first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a difficult challenge unseating Matt Moore as the backup to Ryan Tannehill.
Jets aim for qb depth
The New York Jets’ quarterback competition this summer will include Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms — and perhaps someone else not yet on the roster.
Coach Todd Bowles said during a conference call with season-ticket holders Thursday that the team’s three current quarterbacks will be in the competition “and we hope to add somebody else to compete with them.”
Bengals sign backup qb
The Bengals signed quarterback Josh Johnson to compete with AJ McCarron next season to be Andy Dalton’s primary backup.
Johnson was Dalton’s backup in 2013 when he appeared in two games but didn’t throw a pass. He signed with San Francisco last season and was inactive for each game. He left the 49ers as an unrestricted free agent.
Free agent linebacker Spencer Paysinger is visiting the Miami Dolphins, who want more depth at the position. ... The Oakland Raiders signed free agent tackle J’Marcus Webb .