Dec 24, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Seattle Seahawks center Austin Blythe (63) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks OL Austin Blythe retires after 7 seasons

Seattle Seahawks starting center Austin Blythe announced his retirement Tuesday after seven seasons in the league.

“The last 7 years have been nothing short of amazing,” Blythe wrote in an Instagram post. “For a short, unathletic, undersized kid from Iowa, I’ve played a lot of football, met countless coaches and teammates that I can call friends, and made enough memories for myself and my family to last a lifetime. I am so grateful, and extremely blessed, to have played the game for any amount of time, let alone 7 years.”

Blythe, 30, started all 17 games for Seattle in 2022. He started 66 of 92 career games with four different teams, including the Los Angeles Rams from 2017-20.

Blythe was a seventh-round selection of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Blythe signed a one-year deal worth $4 million with Seattle in March 2022 and was set to become a free agent.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Los Angeles Rams center Austin Blythe (66) points out a blocking scheme against the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs get free agent C Austin Blythe on 1-year deal

Jan 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Rams plays their final home game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals in an empty SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with free agent center Austin Blythe on a one-year deal, NFL Network and The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Blythe, 28, spent the past four seasons in Los Angeles, starting 48 games for the Rams and missing just one game the past three seasons. Blythe graded out as the eighth-best center in run-blocking this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.

The Chiefs ostensibly are moving on from Austin Reiter, their starting center the past two seasons.

Blythe was a seventh-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 draft. He was claimed off waivers by the Rams in May 2017.

–Field Level Media