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49ers S Eric Reid Denies He’s Considered Retirement Due To Concussions


49ers S Eric Reid denied that he told Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle that he contemplated retirement, and his comments were taken out of context.

According to Reid, his words were “twisted” in the article and were “not an accurate portrayal” of his words.


49ers 2013 first-round pick S Eric Reid tells Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle that he too has considered the possibility of restring from the NFL due to concussions.

“I will continue to evaluate my own situation. If I have another concussion and I don’t feel like I can play any more, then I won’t. If I [have another concussion], and if I feel that I still can play, then I will. It’s just a case-by-case basis,” Reid said. “I know it’s a huge deal right now in the NFL and everything is being put under a microscope, but that’s how every injury is. It could be a dislocated shoulder. You evaluate your situation and see if you’re healthy enough to still play.

This comes after an offseason in which the 49ers saw inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland call it a career, as well as RT Anthony Davis.

Last year, Reid wound up sitting out of the team’s final game of the season due to a concussion. Although, he says he has now recovered and keeps in contract with medical professions about the situation.

There is a doctor that I’m looking further into and I may end up going to see,” Reid said. “Like I said, right now I’ve evaluated my situation and I feel comfortable playing.”

Reid, 23, has another two years remaining on his four-year, $8.398 million rookie contract that included a $4.547 million signing bonus. He stands to make a base salary of $1,175,978 for the 2015 season and another $1,561,467 next year.

In 2014, Reid appeared in 15 games for the 49ers and recorded 42 tackles, three interceptions, and seven pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 52 safety out of 87 qualifying players.

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