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Report: Retired Anthony Davis owes 49ers more money

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Report: Retired Anthony Davis owes 49ers more money

Anthony Davis’ second retirement from the NFL in 15 months will reportedly require him to repay $2.735 million to the 49ers.

Davis repaid the 49ers a sum of $1.667 million when he stepped away from the game in June 2015. And Pro Football Talk reports that he must pay the balance of the signing bonus money he previously received in anticipation of future services.

A source told CSNBayArea.com that a player must repay past signing bonus money each year he remains retired. Davis was awarded a $7.5 million signing bonus when he signed a $37.3 million extension in April 2013.

In all, Davis’ two retirements will cost him $4.4 million, according to the PFT report.

The 49ers on Tuesday placed Davis on the exempt/left squad list after he informed general manager Trent Baalke that he was retiring. Coach Chip Kelly said he did not personally speak to Davis before he left the squad.

“Trent said that it was because of injuries,” Kelly said. “That’s all I know.

“I don’t know exactly what transpired. I was just told that’s what was going on and then really the next step for us was what are we doing with the roster spot and all those other things. I’ve reached out to Anthony and gave him a call just to talk to him, but I didn’t connect with him yet.”

Davis was diagnosed with a concussion in practice Thursday, Sept. 15, and did not travel with the 49ers to road games at Carolina and Seattle.

"I just want my time and mind intact, when you lose em both, you can't buy em back," Davis tweeted shortly after the 49ers announced his retirement on Monday.

Because Davis was on the 49ers’ 53-man roster for three weeks, he received $216,176 of his scheduled $1.225 million base salary for 2016.

Davis has yet to send in his official retirement paperwork to the NFL. The 49ers sent Davis a letter detailing that at the end of five days, he will be placed on the reserve/left squad list, which makes him ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.

Richard Sherman gives new 49ers corner Jason Verrett stamp of approval

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Richard Sherman gives new 49ers corner Jason Verrett stamp of approval

Richard Sherman gave his stamp of approval on Jason Verrett, saying the newly signed 49ers cornerback has some of the best movement he’s ever seen.

“His ability to counter multiple times and still get out of his break at the top of the route," Sherman told NBC Sports Bay Area.

This comment stemmed from a video of Verrett on Twitter showing him defending none other than Antonio Brown. He stayed close to Brown, showing excellent movement and cover skills, and nearly intercepted the ball. 

The video of Verrett got the attention of retired defensive back Will Blackmon as well. 

Verrett was a first-round pick in the 2014 draft, but he hasn’t had much time to show his skills. He has been hampered by several different injuries, including his shoulder, ACL and Achilles. 2015 was his healthiest year, when he appeared in 14 games and was selected to the Pro Bowl. 

In that 2014 campaign, Verrett recorded three interceptions, including one pick-six. He broke up 12 passes and made 47 tackles, 42 of which were solo. 

Verrett could be the deal of the 2019 offseason for the 49ers if he can stay healthy. He signed a one-year, $3.6 million contract, and will be competition for Ahkello Witherspoon while also providing leadership and knowledge in the defensive backs room. 

[RELATED: Jason Verrett signs one-year contract with 49ers]

Verrett tore his Achilles during a conditioning test on the first day of the 2018 offseason program with the Chargers. He passed his 49ers physical and reports that he is feeling good and will be ready for his first offseason in San Francisco. 

Verrett also can use Sherman as a sounding board, with both coming back from the same injury. If the two stay healthy, they could be a very difficult pair to throw against for opposing quarterbacks this season. 

49ers signed two starting defensive players ... if things go as hoped

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49ers signed two starting defensive players ... if things go as hoped

The 49ers entered the free-agent signing period looking to add starters at cornerback and safety.

They did just that last week on the first couple of days of the NFL free-agent signing period ... with a couple of big ifs.

If Jason Verrett remains healthy, he is the favorite to become the team’s starting right cornerback.

If Jimmie Ward remains healthy, he is virtually assured of being the team’s starting free safety.

The 49ers signed both players to one-year, prove-it contracts. Verrett is scheduled to make $3.6 million, while Ward is on the books for $4.5 million, according to the official contract terms Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle first reported.

Both players came out in the 2014 draft. Verrett was the No. 25 overall pick of the Chargers, while the 49ers selected Ward at No. 30. Both remained with their original teams through last season on fifth-year options.

The 49ers kept Ward and managed to lure Verrett to Santa Clara, then struck a deal to prompt him to cancel scheduled trips to Houston and Kansas City. Verrett is rehabbing from Achilles surgery, which he tore during a conditioning test last summer on the first day of training camp.

“With all the things I’ve been through, all you can ask for is an opportunity,” said Verrett, who has appeared in just 25 NFL games due to injuries, including surgeries on his shoulder and knee. “The 49ers came on board. I’m happy I took the visit here and look forward to things in the future.

“The opportunity is there for me. It's wide open. It’s just for me to take it, just for me to get back healthy and get back out there on the football field and do what I know I can do.”

The 49ers invested back-to-back third-round draft picks in cornerbacks Ahkello Witherspoon and Tarvarius Moore. Witherspoon did not lock down the starting job last season after finishing with a lot of momentum and optimism in 2017.

Moore made the conversion from safety in college to cornerback. One of the fastest players on the team, Moore demonstrated some encouraging signs late last season while starting the final two games. Witherspoon, Moore, and Verrett will compete.

“It’s the NFL. There’s going to be competition anywhere you go,” Verrett said. “If you don’t like to compete, you don’t need to be in this league. I’m a competitor and I’m willing to compete with anybody.”

Adrian Colbert entered last offseason as the starter at free safety. But he struggled with inconsistency and appeared in only seven games, going on injured reserve with a severe high-ankle sprain.

Ward started three games at cornerback and four games at free safety. The coaching staff considers him easily one of the team’s best four defensive backs. One of the team's most versatile player, Ward appears to be ticketed to start at free safety.

[RELATED: Sherman speaks highly of Verrett]

“Jimmie Ward has played at an extremely high level throughout his career when he's been healthy,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We all know he's struggled to stay healthy, which has been unfortunate for him.

“He plays very hard. He's very talented. And that's why it's been very hard for him to go out there and get really what he deserves as a player. But, to have Jimmie back here with the talent he has and if he can stay healthy ... we know we've got as good of a safety as we can get.”