SANTA CLARA, CA – After a will or refusal, San Francisco 49ers player Alex Mack has made a decision about the future of football.
will not do. After 13 NFL seasons, Mac announced his retirement via Twitter and in conjunction with the 49ers on Friday morning, ending a career that included seven Pro Bowl selections, three All-Pro team nods and a spot in the Pro Football Hall. From the 2010 Fame’s All-Decade Team.
“After 13 seasons and 204 games for 3 teams, I decided to suspend my cleats,” Mac wrote on twitter. “I am so grateful for the game of football and all it has given me. From the beginning it helped me shape my character and taught me life lessons. I started playing football because it was fun and that never changed…
“I always tried to delay my end of the bargain and never left anyone doubting my efforts.”
Mac, 36, made his last Pro Bowl appearance last season, spending his only year in San Francisco. He signed with the 49ers as a free agent in March 2021 in a move that not only brought him together for the third time with coach Kyle Shanahan – the pair have also worked together in Atlanta and Cleveland – but was something of a full-circle moment for Mack, who played at nearby UC Berkeley.
At the time, Mack signed a three-year contract but made it clear that he was playing on an annual basis and would assess whether to continue at the end of each season. Mac has stayed committed to that in the off-season, leaving many wondering what he will do all off the season.
At NFL owners’ meetings in late March, Niners general manager John Lynch expressed optimism that Mac would be back, saying that “all signs point to him coming back and being a part of us.”
Lynch’s tone changed dramatically before the draft about a month later when he said he’d let Mac make his own announcement when it was ready.
On Thursday, Mack and the Niners agreed to a reworked contract that dropped his 2022 base salary from $5 million to $1.12 million and from $3.35 million to $1.165 million in 2023. The move saved the 49ers more than $4 million in space Covering this season, the money they quickly used to sign the nine-player draft class.
On Friday, Mac made his retirement official and issued a 49-out statement thanking Mac for his contributions.
“Central position in the NFL is the heart of the attack, and Alex’s intelligence, consistency, love of the game and professional style has left a lasting impression over his 13 NFL seasons,” Lynch and Shanahan said in a statement. “Congratulations to Alex on an outstanding NFL career and we wish him nothing but success in his career after playing.”
Mack was originally the 21st overall pick by Cleveland in the 2009 NFL Draft. He earned three Pro Bowl nods and was an All-Pro team on the second team once in seven seasons with the Browns before landing three Pro Bowl anchors and two All-Pro position for the second team in five years with the Falcons.
The 49ers now find themselves looking for a replacement in a position that Shanahan greatly values in his offense.
Include veteran interior options Jake Brindlewho was working with the rookies during the offseason program, and Daniel Brunskillwho started in the right guard last season but played in a central position in 2020.
San Francisco also has three starters – Nick ZackeljAnd the Donovan West And the Jason Poe Who could get into the mix, though Shanahan has traditionally been reluctant to play an inexperienced person at the center.
Outside the building, veteran JC sequin He is the best position in the free agent market, although he does come with questions about a knee problem that prevented him from practicing much last season.