Seattle Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones is hinting at retirement.
"I think I have had a great run at this thing the NFL and seahawks and the fans hve been great to me", Jones wrote Friday afternoon on his Twitter account.
No announcements or statements from the Seattle Seahawks, official or otherwise, have been made regarding Jones' status.
Jones hasn't posted many updates to his Twitter account since the season began, and even less while rehabilitating a knee that has required a pair of surgeries within the last year, also posted this early this morning:
"Now wronder in it worst it go come back to what. I think some time you came push your body to the point of no return and you have to face reality." (Ed. note- Emphasis ours)
Jones, who turns 36 next month, hasn't played since sustaining a season-ending knee injury during a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys last season, his 12th in the NFL. Prior to that, Jones hadn't missed more than one game in a season due to injury since his rookie season of 1997.
Jones underwent microfracture surgery on his knee last December, and had a clean-up procedure done during training camp in August. After attempting to come back during this season, Jones was placed on injured reserve on October 28, ending his season.
At the time, Jones expressed a desire to continue his career.
"My next step is to continue to keep working and trying to get back, Jones said. "I still want to play this game. I still have the love for the competition. I still want to go out there and compete with the guys.
"That's my No. 1 goal right now, to continue to keep doing what I need to do to get back on the field for next year."
Prior to 2008, Jones had missed just 8 games to injuries during his career. In 2002, Jones missed a pair of games at the start of the season due to a contract holdout. That season was the first of three in which Jones would play under the one-year franchise tag.
The Seahawks and Jones finally reached agreement on a long-term contract in February of 2005, signing the perennial Pro Bowler to a 7-year, $52.5 million dollar contract that included a $16 million dollar signing bonus. (An eighth, voidable year would be added a year later during the Steve Hutchinson/transition tag ordeal)
Along with Jonathan Ogden and Anthony Munoz, Jones is widely regarded as one of the best left tackles in NFL history. The nine-time Pro Bowler, and seven-time first- or second-team All-Pro selection, will most certainly a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection after he retires from the game.
Jones is signed through the 2012 season, with base salaries of $7.3M in both 2010 and 2011, and $1M in 2012, which is voidable.
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