SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' strange offseason took another unexpected turn on Friday, as 25-year-old right tackle Anthony Davis announced he is stepping away from the NFL due to health concerns.
Davis released a statement on his decision through his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. It read:
After a few years of thought, I've decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won't understand my decision, that's ok.
I hope you too have the courage to live your life how you planned it when day dreaming to yourself growing up. Your Life is Your dream and you have the power to control that dream. Im simply doing what's best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life.
Shortly after Davis' announcement, the 49ers reported that Davis had informed the club of his plan to retire -- with no mention of a possible return after a season or two. The 49ers will place Davis on the reserve/retired list and will retain his rights.
“The 49ers organization thanks Anthony for his contributions to our team over the last five seasons and wishes him the best as he moves on from the game,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.
The 49ers traded up two spots to select Davis with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2010 draft from Rutgers. He started every game his first four NFL seasons, but missed nine games due to injuries. He was plagued by shoulder, hamstring and ankle conditions early in the season. He sat out four games after sustaining a concussion against the New York Giants.
Davis becomes the fourth member of the 49ers to retire this offseason, joining linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, and defensive lineman Justin Smith.
I'll be back in a year or so.. I'll be 26 or 27 years old. Im taking this time to allow my Brain and Body time to heal and recoup.— Anthony Davis (@BamDavis_) June 5, 2015