San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke sent former 49ers OT Anthony Davis a text this morning regarding the report from earlier stating that the team was looking to trade both he and S Antoine Bethea. Baalke told Davis that the accusations are "false reporting," per Davis himself.
Trent text me this morning clarifying a "report that surfaced" saying that the trade accusations are "False Reporting". 🕹— AD (@BamDavis_) April 11, 2016
The report from this morning originated as part of a larger article by Peter King of Sports Illustrated. In the report, one front office source stated, "San Francisco will not trade up from seven. Trent Baalke loves his picks too much and has too many needs to give them away." Another stated, "[The 49ers] want to trade Anthony Davis and Antoine Bethea."
On April 1, Davis sent out a tweet that he would be filing for reinstatement later this year, but took a bit of a shot at Baalke while doing so.
I'll be filing for reinstatement to the NFL later this year. Dealing with Trent is giving me a headache.— AD (@BamDavis_) April 1, 2016
That left many to question whether he truly wanted to play for the 49ers in 2016 or if he was looking to be dealt to another team.
Davis, who is 26, retired after dealing with a number of injuries during the 2014 season, including a concussion. He stated that he wanted to get healthy before returning to the NFL. His injuries limited him to only seven games in 2014. Davis, who is very vocal on Twitter, has repeatedly confirmed that he planned to return to the 49ers, who continue to hold his rights.
Last season, his absence left the 49ers with free agent acquisition Erik Pears starting at right tackle, contributing to making the offensive line one of the worst in the NFL. Davis was the 11th overall selection by the 49ers out of Rutgers in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has played his entire career with the 49ers and started every game prior to 2014.