Anthony Davis: “I’ll be back in a year or so”

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Although 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis’s decision to walk away at age 25 has been termed a retirement, Davis says he’s not done playing football for good.

Davis wrote on Twitter that he does expect to play “in a year or so,” once he has allowed himself some time to recover from injuries. Last year Davis missed nine games with multiple injuries, including a concussion that had lingering symptoms.

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Davis remains under contract to the 49ers, and he and 49ers owner Jed York exchanged pleasantries on Twitter after his announcement. So Davis apparently has no hard feelings toward the team, and still plans to play in San Francisco again. Just not this year.

49 responses to “Anthony Davis: “I’ll be back in a year or so”

  1. Unfortunately, long term damage to the brain is cumulative. Resting to avoid contact doesn’t cure it, it just removes the chance of further damage.

    If it’s a problem now, it will always be a problem.

    I hope someone explains this to him.

  2. He’s hoping the gods allow a change of ownership and coaching staff. Epic train wreck of action season for 9er fans.

  3. This franchise has issues. I can’t criticize Davis for taking action he deems necessary for his health. Whether it works or not remains to be seen.

  4. Hey, if you can afford to take a year off and come back into the NFL with suitors that are willing to give you work, then more power to you. People who save money and want to step away from the hectic life of working a 9-5 do it all the time. We all need a break from work and some people take longer than others to get right. I don’t see this as a sneaky way to join a different team.

  5. It doesn’t sound to me like there’s anything physically wrong with him, it sounds like he wants out of there.

  6. You don’t get a new team. The 49ers own his contract. If he takes 10 years off and comes back, they still own his contract. If anything, this prolongs the time he will be with the team by the amount of time he stays out. He is currently under contract through 2020. If he takes a year off, he will be under contract through 2021 as a result.

  7. He’s being lazy and just doesn’t want to play. He’s going to find out if he returns its very difficult to take time off and return and get into football shape. If he stops working out he will never play in the NFL again. It takes years of training to build the strength and speed needed to play but it disappears fast and hard to recover when its gone. Good luck to him I wish I could take a year off.

  8. This is a bluff tactic for money or avoiding training camp. He will be back this year or he will never play again. The fact that he thinks he can take 2 years off and return is as egotistical as anything I ever heard.

  9. You’re either a contender or you’re not. After Harbaugh was gone, this team became a non contender. So nothing with this team matters anymore.

  10. “I’ll be back in a year or so” -Translation : Once Tomsula is fired.

  11. I like the fans who say “wish I could take a year off..” Yes, because you get paid millions to do what you do.

    Oh sad people who even think on those terms. You could take a year off from work too. It’s all called education and talent. If you have both or one you could earn a real good career that can get you enough money to save up to take a year off.

    Instead of calling athletes “lazy”, maybe get off your butt and advance your career either with education or do something that has a lot of value.

    Wait, that requires effort. Please, continue judging people who likely own pieces of a business you work for.

  12. Ok…. I hope there are no more “Baalke Backers” in here… because those people should never post…

    Jim Harbaugh was the main reason this team contended… he was let go.. HUGE RED FLAG… Smart owers and GMs can deal with a hard to get along with coach if he is winning… except for York and Baalke for some reason..

    Then came the fallout…

    Justin Smith retires… no real shock there, as he is an old player, paid his dues, and play was declining… but it hurt.

    Patrick Willis retires…. MONSTER shock, 30 year old, perennial leader on field and in locker room… these things generally don’t happen.

    Chris Borland… GODZILLA SHOCK… 24 year old second year, up and coming player… I love his reasons…. but this normally doesn’t happen…

    then you get this…. AFTER the draft, Free Agency and OTA’s…

    This is no longer an ignorable situation….

    Something is seriously wrong in that front office, and can’t be chalked up to coincidence.

  13. Maybe the 9ers are attempting to pull a “Philadephia 76ers”, NFL style!

    Get multiple starters to retire for 2015, “earn” the 1st overall pick, take potential franchise QB Goff/Hackenburg/Cook/Carsdale at #1 overall, fire current GM/head coach, bring all retired players back next offseason, and then make a run in 2016!

    Haha, jk!

  14. Hey above commentators – you all have it wrong. All this stuff is happening to SF because Harbaugh messed them up. Guys are warn out. Can’t you ‘see’ that?

  15. I think if he takes a year off, teams will be real reluctant to bring him back, in the event that the 49ers release their rights to him. For one thing you never know when he will do the same thing. Secondly, if his mind and body are not “right” as he says, taking the year off will not help him be a better football player. I really think he is done with the grind and physical toll of the sport. I don’t see him coming back. I think he is using the “I’ll be back in a year or so” to lessen the negative responses. Otherwise, why retire and pay back money? He could go on the PUP and keep getting paid.

  16. So what Davis is saying is “I’m not opposed to going on a boat ride in the future, I’m just not setting foot on the deck of the Titanic.”

  17. Whatever the reasons, players who “retire” shouldn’t be able to come back later and pick different teams. He should be a 49er until his contract is completed, regardless if Tomsula is the HC or not.

  18. Why wouldn’t you just go on injured reserved then and keep getting paid instead of retiring????????????? IDIOT!

  19. “But these things dont normally happen.”

    But they dont generally happen.”

    Anyone who thinks that going forward this wont be a regular occurrence for all teams has their head buried in the sand. Jason Worilds also retired from Pittsburgh. This is merely a precursor of what is to come. Borland, Davis, Worilds…..

    All younger guys with plenty of earning potential, leaving a whole lot of money on the table to walk away with their health. I think you’ll see guys less willing to go 10-15 years and live out the rest of their days being semi-crippled or as potatoes.

    Going forward, expect a lot more players to call it a career after 4 or 5 seasons, taking the cash they’ve made and getting out with their health somewhat intact.

  20. “Last year Davis missed nine games with multiple injuries, including a concussion that had lingering symptoms.”

    Maybe posters should really read and understand the article before making ignorant, stupid remarks about his reason for taking a year off. he is still hurting from his injuries and has had a concussion and feels he isnt ready to return,only he knows how he feels and is doing the absolute right thing for himself to fully heal,this shows how intelligent the man really is.

  21. Leaving the game early isn’t really the issue…

    As we’ve seen it with Worlidis, Mendenhall and others…

    The issue is…

    There were 4 notable players walk away early this offseason….

    and

    THREE of them were 49ers.

  22. gobolts says:
    Jun 6, 2015 9:35 AM

    Whatever the reasons, players who “retire” shouldn’t be able to come back later and pick different teams. He should be a 49er until his contract is completed, regardless if Tomsula is the HC or not.
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    Ummmmm……that IS the case in the NFL.

    His contract “tolls”, as has been reported several times, and this also happens to players who get full-year suspensions (like Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon).

  23. Commenter points out that damage to your brain is cumulative. Despite a mountain of scientific evidence to support this, the comment still earns a number of thumbs downs.

    This is the legacy our generation of football fans will leave: a bunch of idiots that pretend to care about the game, but don’t care if their favorite players can chew solid food once they’re done playing.

  24. Patskrieg says:
    Jun 6, 2015 11:25 AM
    Commenter points out that damage to your brain is cumulative. Despite a mountain of scientific evidence to support this, the comment still earns a number of thumbs downs.

    This is the legacy our generation of football fans will leave: a bunch of idiots that pretend to care about the game, but don’t care if their favorite players can chew solid food once they’re done playing.
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    I completely DISAGREE with you.

    A lot of fans, like me, no longer get upset when our favorite player leaves our favorite team for a more lucrative contract because we understand a player’s need to do what’s best for themselves and their families, and that there is always the possibility that they are one hit away from a career-ending injury.

    Furthermore, fans today are more compassionate than fans of football in the 70s, 80s, etc. We have a better understanding of things like concussions and players’ quality of life after football.

    Could you imagine the uproar NFL fans in the 70s would’ve had if Mean Joe Greene or Chuck Hayes would’ve retired early for their post-career lives?

    I remember the uproar when Barry Sanders “abruptly” retired in the late 90s. It was only 10 years ago when Jake Plummer retired and many fans called him a “quitter”.

    The majority of posts I’ve read on PFT this offseason regarding this topic suggests that fans have a better understanding/respect of players’ post-NFL lives.

  25. I got a concussion last month and still have post concussive syndrome it really is the worst. I understand completely why he is taking the time off.

  26. These guys are just taking a break until the next undetectable designer PED hits the market. The Seahawks will probably have to field a team of inflatable autopilot players until then.

  27. So how long do you think it’ll take before Tomsula is fired as the head coach? With all the retirements, trades, and other defections, the 49ers don’t have much of a team left. It’s not gonna be pretty in SF this season.

  28. jaxairsupport says:
    Jun 6, 2015 10:11 AM
    Who was the lineman that retired and lost a bunch of weight and came back to the league for a few years? talley?

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    That was Kyle Turley for the Rams. He came back as a TE. I can’t remember how much weight he actually lost but it was night and day. I remember thinking he didn’t look very big for a TE either.

  29. While yes the effects of concussions are cumulative, I would imagine the chances of getting another concussion increases when you play on a poor/poorly-coached team.

  30. Sounds cool to me. He knows what’s best for his body. These player have to take care of themselves because on their careers are over the NFL won’t give a damn about them any more.

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