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Report: Anthony Davis will apply for reinstatement

TAMPA, FL -  DECEMBER 15:  Tackle Anthony Davis #76 of the San Francisco 49ers sets for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 15, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Getty Images

When 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke met the media at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week, he fielded a question about tackle Anthony Davis.

Davis retired last offseason, citing multiple injuries as the reason and saying that he would be “back in a year or so” in hopes of continuing a career that saw him start 71 games at right tackle in five years with the 49ers. Davis has reiterated that intent at other points since walking away. Baalke said he’s spoken to Davis, but had no idea about his plans for 2016.

It appears Davis’ plan is to follow through with the plan to resume his football career. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Davis will apply for reinstatement from the reserve/retired list with eyes on getting back on the field next season.

The 49ers hold Davis’ rights for 2016 and he would play the year under the 2015 terms of his deal if he winds up playing for them next season.

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16 Responses to “Report: Anthony Davis will apply for reinstatement”
  1. collectordude says: Feb 26, 2016 2:19 PM

    Ok. But can he be the same tackle as before?

  2. dontbeemo says: Feb 26, 2016 2:35 PM

    A year off probably added 3 years to his career. Dude has been in the trenches for 15 years… hard to imagine the toll that’s taken on him. Every player should take a year off to let their body heal.

  3. suncawy says: Feb 26, 2016 2:36 PM

    Why didn’t he just let the 49ers put him on injured reserve last year ?

  4. RegisHawk says: Feb 26, 2016 2:44 PM

    Hello, unexpected cap hit…

  5. cowboysallday says: Feb 26, 2016 2:48 PM

    I really doubt he took a year off because of injuries. It’s pretty obvious no one wanted to play for tomsula and he did the right thing and just stepped away.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 26, 2016 2:53 PM

    Davis coming back, Kaepernick shipping out. Things are coming together in San Francisco.

  7. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 26, 2016 2:55 PM

    Well, at least he plays basketball real well!

  8. mongo3401 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:57 PM

    Collectordude

    Is he the same because he took a year off? I would venture to say better. Look at Buffalo. They took a guy that did not play for a year and a half and all he did was turn into the best LG in the NFL So I for one, are on the side that Davis will not only be better but gladly welcomed back

  9. time2speakup says: Feb 26, 2016 3:00 PM

    Under the Heading Goes without Saying: we can use all the positive help we can get. Period!

  10. GrantRodgers says: Feb 26, 2016 3:01 PM

    Wise move for Davis. Tomsula underprepared his players by not practicing and giving them 15 minute breaks every hour and the result was an unprecedented number of injuries. Now Davis can come in and play about 30 seconds per possession in Kelly’s offense.

  11. raiderrob21 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:35 PM

    So the looming year ban for roids has passed and now he can test clean? Guy quits on team and wants to come back? Only in Santa Clara!

  12. patsbrat says: Feb 26, 2016 4:05 PM

    Sounds like the NFL needs a sabbatical program.

  13. gabbertformvp says: Feb 26, 2016 5:05 PM

    Great player, hope he stayed in shape.

  14. joecool16280 says: Feb 26, 2016 5:11 PM

    This is what the NFL might be coming to. Guys should take a year off every 4-5 yrs or so, takes longer than an offseason to heal.

  15. macdega says: Feb 26, 2016 7:19 PM

    Sorry, Don’t, but you need to check your facts. AD was drafted in 2010, which means you must be counting his Pop Warner years.

  16. andreboy1 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:15 PM

    It’s comical to me that commenters actually think players’ would take a whole year off and lose millions of dollars just because they didn’t want to play for Tomsula.

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