Once again, Anthony Davis is causing a stir on Twitter. Over the weekend, a fan urged the former 49ers offensive lineman to return to football so that he could purchase his jersey. In a since deleted tweet (screenshot via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com), Davis said that he “will play ball,” though he says the Niners won’t be selling his jersey anytime soon.
Prior to the draft in April, Davis tweeted [sic], “The 49ers should Draft an Offensive Tackle in the top 10. #NFLDraft2016.” After that, he took an even more direct shot at the 49ers by writing, “I do not want to work with a front office or anyone else who seemingly doesn’t want to win as bad as I do.”
At different points over the last year, Davis has hinted that he wants to return to football. However, it’s clear that he doesn’t want to make his return with San Francisco. If he does decide to come back to the NFL, of course, the 49ers will still hold his rights.
Davis, 26, was the 49ers’ first-round pick in 2010, coming off the board No. 11 overall. Prior to his retirement, he started 71 games at right tackle for SF, playing all 16 regular season contests in his first four years before being limited to seven games in 2014. Davis dealt with hamstring and knee issues, and also battled concussion problems, which may have contributed to his decision to step away from the game temporarily in 2015.
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