49ers center Weston Richburg recently underwent hip surgery, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). Between the long road to recovery and his 2021 salary, it’s possible that Richburg has played his last down in San Francisco. The surgery may even spell the end of his career, though no decision has been made on that front.
Richburg missed all of 2020 with injuries, including a a torn patellar tendon. Initially, there was hope that he could return by mid-year, sometime around Week 12, but complications got in the way.
Richburg, due to enter his age-30 campaign, was not viewed well by Pro Football Focus when he was healthy. In 2019, he graded out as just the No. 25 snapper in the NFL. But, to his credit, he hardly allowed any sacks in ’19 as he middled one of the league’s stronger offensive lines of the season.
Ultimately, Richburg has not been able to live up to his five-year, $47.5MM free agent contract. By releasing him, the Niners can save nearly $4.5MM with about $7MM left in dead money.
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