Today the 49ers announced 25-year-old right tackle Anthony Davis has retired.
Here’s a statement from general manager Trent Baalke: “The 49ers organization thanks Anthony for his contributions to our team over the last five seasons and wishes him the best as he moves on from the game.”
Here’s a statement from Anthony Davis, via Adam Schefter: “After a few years of thought, I’ve decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won’t understand my decision, that’s ok.
I hope you too have the courage to live your life how you planned it when day dreaming to yourself growing up. Your Life is Your dream and you have the power to control that dream. Im simply doing what’s best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who cites a league source, Davis owes the 49ers $4.66 million “in paid but unearned signing bonuses.”
Davis never went to a Pro Bowl, but he was one of the most important players on the Niners the past few years. Last season, they averaged 5.4 yards per carry with him in the game and only 3.9 yards per carry without him.
Losing Davis is a tremendous blow to the 49ers.