Explaining his choice in more depth Wednesday on Redskins Nation (h/t NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux), the former Washington Redskins tight end cited concussions as one specific concern.
"Just the simple wear and tear over time. Especially those concussions. They can take a toll on you in the long haul. It's just better safe than sorry. But if it wasn't for that throughout the course of time, then I probably would have played for the next five years, at least. But I feel like I made a great decision as I move forward."
Davis first announced his retirement Sunday during the Super Bowl. In a statement he released on Twitter on Monday, he said he "[wanted] to leave the the game while I am still healthy and able to pursue other passions and begin the next chapter of my life."
Cadeaux noted the 36-year-old suffered five documented concussions during his NFL career.
Davis was limited to four games this past season. Following Washington's Week 4 defeat against the New York Giants, The Athletic's Ben Standig reported the team had placed him in the concussion protocol. He didn't suit up for the remainder of the year.
Davis was the second notable tight end to hang up his cleats this winter. Antonio Gates, who didn't play in 2019, confirmed in January that he was calling it a career.