Written by Bryan Perez on March 17, 2015
The San Francisco 49ers’ offseason went from bad to worse yesterday, as second-year linebacker Chris Borland announced that he is retiring from the NFL. Citing concerns about the long-term effects of head injuries, the Wisconsin product chose to walk away from a likely starting role following the retirement of fellow 49er Patrick Willis.
DB’s Take: This came as a total shock to me, as I expected Borland to emerge as a potential star this year. I was very high on him during the 2014 NFL Draft process and was pleased to see how well he performed when filling in for injuries during his rookie season. He earned a +20.8 score from Pro Football Focus (from weeks 6 thru 15). We wish Borland the best in all of his future endeavors.