The San Francisco 49ers had more than their fair share of retirements this offseason. Now, we can add an ex-49er to the list. Brief 49ers tackle Jonathan Martin has decided to retire, according to Ian Rapoport. The retirement is due to a back injury Martin suffered during an offseason workout. Mike Garafolo is reporting Martin was told no physical activity for at least six weeks, and his prospects for playing in 2015 were not good.
This actually sounds a little bit like Anthony Davis's retirement. The recently retired 49ers right tackle had said he wanted to get his body and mind right, and left the door open for a return down the road. Garafolo's tweets indicate Martin could still decide to return if his back heals up sufficiently. In the meantime, he is retired.
I wanted to clarify the reason for Martin's retirement given how this offseason has gone. He retired because of an injury after he departed the 49ers. The team waived Martin earlier this offseason after one season with the team. They acquired him last year for a conditional 2015 seventh round draft pick. The condition was Martin making the roster last year, so they gave up the pick. He was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers, and was competing for a starting role on their offensive line.