THURSDAY, 3:09pm: The Seahawks have officially issued a press release confirming Lockette’s retirement, tweets Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
WEDNESDAY, 5:27pm: Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is set to announce his retirement from the NFL, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Lockette will make the news official at a press conference on Thursday.
Lockette is stepping away from football as a result of the brutal neck injury he suffered in November against the Cowboys. Lockette thankfully had full motion and feeling in all his extremities after his on-field collision, but the injury did knock him out for the 2015 season. As it turns out, the injury was too much of an obstacle for Lockette to work with in 2016 as well.
Lockette, 30 later this month, hasn’t been a significant part of the Seahawks’ offense in recent years, totaling just 22 receptions for 451 yards and four touchdowns over parts of the last five seasons for Seattle. Still, he played a key role in the team’s run to the Super Bowl in the 2014 season, catching six balls in the postseason, including three against New England in the Super Bowl.
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