Anthony Davis seeks reinstatement

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Nine years after he entered the league as a first-round draft pick, tackle Anthony Davis is trying to re-enter.

Davis forwarded to PFT a copy of his letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell seeking formal reinstatement. Davis provided the letter to the NFLPA on Thursday, and the union has submitted it to the league.

“On January 24, 2019, I read articles by 3 different sources pertaining to there being a significant decrease in concussions in the NFL, down by 29 percent in the 2018 season,” Davis writes. “Excited to see that the changes you and your staff have made to the rules, and the allowance of safer equipment to be worn has had a positive effect, I confided with my family and on January 28, 2019 I made the decision that I’d love to play in the NFL again.”

Davis explains that he delayed his request for reinstatement due to “prior use of CBD.” He says that he voluntarily entered the Drug Free Sports Drug Testing Program, and Davis notes that he has had no missed tests, failed tests, or other compliance issues in the past 92 days.

“I understand that playing in the NFL is a privilege and I have matured to a point in my life where I am prepared to represent myself, the NFL, and my family with the utmost class, respect and professionalism,” Davis writes. “I appreciate the strides the NFL is making to protect players and better the game for all. I also appreciate this opportunity and I do not take this for granted.”

Davis, the 11th pick in 2010, initially retired in 2015. He returned briefly in 2016 before retiring again. Since September 2016, there had been no hint that Davis wants to play again.

15 responses to “Anthony Davis seeks reinstatement

  1. Sooo…do the niners still control his rights? Do they want him? Because the Cardinals are probably on line one trying to upgrade the girl scout troop they’re putting in from of Kyler Murray. They could use all the help they can get.

  2. We are in receipt of your letter.
    We gonna confide together, then get back to you.

  3. Since September 2016, there had been no hint that Davis wants to play again.

    He doesn’t want to play now. He’s probably just broke and wants a paycheck.

  4. He’s probably broke and needs money but give him a low dollar contract with stipulations and incentives then let him prove himself. Either he can still play at a high level or he can’t. My money would be on him not cutting it but stranger things have happened.

  5. Not for nothing, this could turn into a draft pick for the Niners (maybe a 6th rounder). Plenty of teams would take a flier on a guy who could play left tackle and was a former number 11 overall pick. We could also give him a shot in training camp at the NFL minimum before trading him.

  6. Not even a hint about who drafted him or who currently has his rights?

    Seems like that information should be central to the story!

  7. He quit on the Niners, plain and simple. Both him and Borland. Add in the Willis retirement and those events helped grease the skids for Harbaugh to be get run out of town.

    I was hoping to never hear anything again from this clown but now he comes slinking back to the league? I suspect previous posters are spot on… he’s broke and looking for a pay day from some desperate organization.

    No thanks

  8. He retired came back and then retired again after Trent Brown beat him out. Now he’s ready to try and play again after he’s missed a few seasons. I doubt he can help anybody at this point.

  9. He quit on the Niners, plain and simple. Both him and Borland. Add in the Willis retirement and those events helped grease the skids for Harbaugh to be get run out of town.
    _____________________________________________________
    Harbaugh was fired before any of these guys retired.

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