Anthony Davis is attempting another comeback. Not the NBA superstar, but the former 49ers offensive tackle. Davis is un-retiring and has filed paperwork to be reinstated by the league, per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com.
Davis was the 11th overall pick of the 49ers back in 2010, so this is pretty notable. The Rutgers product became an immediate starter in San Francisco, starting all 16 games at right tackle in each of his first four seasons in the league. He started for the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. After the 2014 season, Davis announced his intention to retire, citing his health as the main reason for walking away.
He briefly attempted a comeback after the 2015 season, and returned to the 49ers. He played in just one game in 2016 before stepping away again. Davis sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell explaining his decision, which Florio obtained. In it, he seemed to indicate that concerns about concussions were at least partially what was keeping him away.
“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 wrote. “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 sustained a concussion in Week 1 of 2016, so this makes sense. He hasn’t played in a few years, but he’s still only 29. He’s always been high on talent, so he should be able to get a look from somebody assuming he follows through with his decision.
12 comments on “Former 11th Overall Pick Anthony Davis Attempting Comeback”
Texans should give him a look.. depth or at best a starter. Let Tytus develop for a lil or until Kalil goes down w injury
I’d love him to come back to NJ and play for the Jets, but where they really need help is at center.
So is a free agent or are his rights still controlled by Frisco?
I think he is a free agent since he fulfilled his rookie deal, he is open for business. Packers come on down as a swing tackle.
So is he*
He’s got options.
Why would any team sign him? He reads another article and walks away. He had his chance 2X. Why don’t he say the real story. “ I need a paycheck and will gamble on it”. Several would “ love to play in the NFL” and wouldn’t QUIT
I agree but talent trumps most thing in NFL he will get looks, low wage deal with incentives for games played etc
Assuming that the team signing him has a need for help at either of the tackle spots, teams are going to take a chance on a guy with talent but possible commitment issues as opposed to the guy who would be fully committed but has little talent. With seemingly fewer and fewer rookie Olinemen entering every year and pretty much every team needing depth along their offensive line (whether as a starter or backup) somebody will give him a shot.
This is one of the few times I don’t have a problem with players flip flopping on retirement. Health issues, and specifically brain injuries are valid concerns, and if he feels that he’s fully healthy again, then I’m happy he decided to come back.
Every year the players pounding on your brain are bigger, stronger and faster than those that came before yet we are suppose to believe occurrences of CTE are in decline?
I strongly suspect the sources Davis mentions were funded by the NFL (which has a vested interest in deceiving players on the dangers they face).
Question is…where do you start his price tag?!