A league source tells PFT that Davis does not plan to retire.
Davis is, however, listed as questionable for the 49ers’ opener on Monday night against the Rams, for reasons the 49ers have only said are “not injury related.” Davis did not practice with the team today.
If Davis does retire, he’s required to pay back to the 49ers a portion of his signing bonus. If he is released, however, he would not have to pay that money back. So if Davis doesn’t want to play for the 49ers anymore, he’d be better off getting released than retiring.
The 26-year-old Davis was the 49ers’ first-round draft pick in 2010 and played five good years with the team before announcing last year that he would take the year off. He returned to the 49ers this year and will be their starting right guard, if he plays.