I suppose we couldn’t make it to training camp without another retirement! Kaleb Ramsey announced on Thursday that he is leaving the NFL after two seasons with the 49ers. He released the following statement:
“I want to thank Jed York, the York family, Trent Baalke and all the coaches and staff I have had the pleasure of working with over the last two years. The 49ers took a chance on drafting me and made my NFL dreams come true. Unfortunately, my career has been cut short, as I have made the decision to step away from the game to concentrate on other priorities in my life. During my time in the Bay Area, I have seen how special the 49ers organization and its fans truly are, and that is something I will take with me as I move on.”
There is no clarification on why Ramsey elected to retire. He had an injury plagued college career, and then spent his rookie year on the PUP list. He was seemingly healthy last season, and competing for a utility role on the defensive line this year. I’m sure we’ll learn something at some point, but for now, he’s gone.
This does not drastically impact the defensive line. He had potential, but was a deeper bench option at this point. The 49ers have some solid depth along the line, even with Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey recovering from injuries.
This opens up a roster spot for the 49ers heading into training camp. It is possible they just fill it with Anthony Davis once he is formally reinstated by the NFL. If they are not sure when that will happen, they can always sign somebody else, or just leave it empty.