The folks at Scout.com got a big interview on Wednesday, as they got a chance to speak with sort of former San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis. The retired offensive lineman was on hand at a Rutgers football practice, and a Scout.com reporter had a chance to chat with him about his retirement and what's next.
I recommend giving the full interview a read, and the video above provides some of the pertinent details. Davis said the talk about him recovering from his concussion was not accurate, instead saying he was giving his whole body time to recover. He said he was working with hand and foot specialists to get back to 100 percent, and thinks that this year off will help him extend his career a bit on the back end.
Davis said he planned on returning to the 49ers next summer to continue his career. There have been questions about what he would do upon a return. The team holds his contract rights for five more years, so his only out from the team would be asking for a trade or release. We'll go into more detail later, but for those wondering, Davis previously was going to be a cap hit of $5,591,670 for 2015. That would carry over to 2016 given his year off, but I also need to figure out what happened with dead money this year following his retirement. We'll have more on that soon.
Davis talked about spending Thanksgiving and Christmas at home with his family for the first time in ten years. Given his football career, this is not entirely surprising. The question now is how he will be received coming back to the team next year, and how he will perform a year removed from the game.