On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers signed C/G Spencer long to provide depth as Weston Richburg is expected to start the regular season on the PUP list. Sunday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Field Yates, Long decided to retire. Long, 29, started 44 games and was competing for a roster spot.
I wouldn’t say Long’s decision to retire is worthy of freaking out, but with no Richburg, the Niners will now only have inexperienced options behind Ben Garland, who will likely start at center. That leaves Daniel Brunskill and Ross Reynolds, neither of whom have taken a snap at center in the NFL. Could we see the 49ers add another offensive lineman for camp purposes? Long had much-needed experience. It won’t be easy to find that type of experience on the waiver-wire during August.
Tom Compton and Colton McKivitz have been rotating at guard, though both could play tackle. Versatility has been the name of the game, so this may mean Brunskill and Reynolds get more reps at center if the team doesn’t add a free agent.