The San Francisco 49ers’ nightmarish offseason just can’t get any worse, or so everyone thought.
After already losing three key players to retirement, the 49ers have also lost starting right tackle Anthony Davis.
The 25-year-old has decided to hang up his jersey after playing only five seasons with the 49ers, but he hinted that this will not be permanent.
“After a few years of thought, I’ve decided it will be best for me to take away a year or so from the NFL,” Davis said to ESPN.
Davis suffered injuries throughout the 2014 season that limited him to seven games, and the 49ers offensive line struggled to consistently protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a result.
The tackle was durable before the 2014 season though, as he made 64 consecutive starts in the first four seasons of his career.
Davis joins defensive end Justin Smith and inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland on the list of 49ers players who have retired throughout this offseason.
Although Smith is 35 years old, Willis is 30 while Borland is only 24 and played just one season in the NFL.
Losing head coach Jim Harbaugh to Michigan seems to have set off a chain reaction of unfortunate events for the 49ers.
They have quickly gone from Super Bowl contenders to a likely last-place finish in the NFC West.