Another key piece of the San Francisco 49ers won’t be donning the gold and maroon next season.
Patrick Willis (retirement) gone. Justin Smith (retirement) gone. Chris Boreland (retirement) gone. Frank Gore (Colts) gone. Mike Iupati (Cardinals) gone. Michael Crabtree (Raiders) gone. And now…starting right tackle Anthony Davis has also announced he’ll be hanging up his cleats.
But, after reading the statement he released today regarding the “retirement,” it doesn’t exactly sound like the 25-year old is hanging up his cleats for good. Almost sounds more like he’s just taking the year off. Check it out for yourself:
“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. I’m simply doing what’s best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life.” (via NFL.com)
Interesting. “A year or so.”
Sounds to me like he’s making it obvious he’d like to return to the game, but that sure won’t help San Francisco’s decimated offensive line for 2015. It’ll be interesting to see how newcomers such as Reggie Bush, Torrey Smith, Darnell Dockett and Philip Wheeler are able to fill some of the voids left on the depth chart this offseason.