Former 49ers and Packers DL Quinton Dial announced his retirement from the NFL via his Instagram account:
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This is my official announcement to you and the NFL of my retirement. I want to thank the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers for the opportunity that you gave a country boy from a small town in Alabama when no one else would. To the fans, thanks for the countless memories that have made the last five years something special. Coach Harbaugh, Coach Tomsula, and Trent Ballake thank you for the incredible opportunity you guys gave me. The relationships I’ve made over the last five years in and out of the locker room I will cherish for the rest of my life. I knew this day would come but I didn’t know when. That is why I’ve prepared myself since becoming an NFL player; because you are one play away from your career being over. I’ve faced a lot of injuries throughout my career and I feel it is in my best interest to hang up the cleats and pursue another career. I am excited about what the future holds for my family and I. Again, thank you all for the countless support over the years! I will miss all of you guys! #TeamDialOut
Dial, 28, is a former fifth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2013. He was entering the second year of a four-year, $12.675 million contract that included $5.3 million guaranteed when the 49ers released him in 2017.
The Packers signed him to a one-year contract a few days later and he finished out the year in Green Bay.
For his career, Dial recorded 145 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and five pass defenses over the course of five seasons and 59 games.