Anthony Davis Retires from NFL at Age 25: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 5, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 22:  Anthony Davis #76 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park on August 22, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The hits keep coming for the San Francisco 49ers, as star offensive tackle Anthony Davis is stepping away from the NFL

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Davis released a statement saying that he has "decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL":

Schefter noted on Twitter that Davis joins a list of 49ers retirees this offseason that also includes Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and Chris Borland:

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole passed along more details on Davis' decision to retire:

Davis responded to well-wishes from 49ers owner Jed York:

49ers head coach Jim Tomsula discussed the impact of Davis' retirement, via Ryan Sakamoto of NinersFans.com:

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy thinks something unusual is going on in San Francisco:

Davis uses interesting wording in the statement, noting he wants to take "a year or so away" to give his body a chance to heal, which he reiterated on Twitter:

There could be some kind of dispute coming between Davis and the 49ers in terms of his contract, as suggested by Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio:

Jason Fitzgerald of Overthecap.com reported more on Davis' contract situation, tweeting: "Davis had signed a 5 year extension with the in 2013 and received a $7.5 million signing bonus. Davis' unearned signing bonus is $6,533,340, which should all be subject to forfeiture. Thats a giant amount."

Davis is just 25 years old and had started every game for the 49ers from 2010 to 2013. He battled injuries in 2014, missing nine games due to a knee injury and a concussion. The former first-round pick did return for the team's final two games against San Diego and Arizona.

As noted by CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso, Davis was an integral part of San Francisco's run to three straight NFC Championship Games:

The 49ers have had a nightmare offseason, starting when they parted ways with Jim Harbaugh after the final game of 2014. They lost Mike Iupati and Frank Gore, the franchise's all-time leading rusher, to free agency in addition to all of those retirements. 

ESPN's Adam Caplan believes the 49ers do have a capable replacement for Davis in veteran lineman Erik Pears:

Tomsula also discussed replacements for Davis, per Sakamoto:

49ers offensive lineman Joe Looney and Daniel Kilgore reacted to the news, via Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group:

Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle provided an interesting take from an unnamed former teammate:

Davis' retirement also adds to the burden on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was hoping to have his star right tackle blocking for him after essentially a lost season in 2014. 

General manager Trent Baalke and Tomsula were facing an uphill battle before the offseason started, as they were coming off an 8-8 season after winning at least 11 games the previous three years. 

Now, after losing so much talent and playing in arguably the NFL's deepest division, the 49ers are essentially trying to climb Mount Everest with no food or water. Good luck with Seattle, Arizona and St. Louis waiting to attack.

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