placeholder image

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports


49ers release LB Brock Coyle, who plans to retire from the NFL

Chris Wilson
Mar 14, 2019 at 4:53 PM


Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
In the same official press release, the San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of inside linebacker and special-teamer David Mayo, as well as the release of inside linebacker and special-teamer Brock Coyle.

Soon after the 49ers' official announcement, Coyle took to social media to thank the 49ers organization for re-signing him last offseason, and to explain that the neck injury he sustained in Week 1 of the 2018 regular season will force the veteran to leave the game:


San Francisco's front office was likely aware of Coyle's plans for the future. The team has stockpiled inside linebackers in recent months, culminating in Mayo's signing earlier today, which would have forced Coyle into an uphill battle for a roster spot despite the three-year, $8.5 million contract he received from the 49ers last offseason.

Although the career special-teamer had a reputation as a hard worker, Coyle became a polarizing figure for San Francisco soon after the 49ers signed him away from the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. A favorite of the coaching staff, Coyle's increased playing time in key situations forced star linebacker NaVorro Bowman first to the 49ers' bench and then to the Oakland Raiders' roster, despite the harsh cap implications of his release.

Despite playing in two new defensive systems in 2017, Bowman graded higher than Coyle in each of Pro Football Focus' five defensive grade categories, while PFF ranked Coyle as one of the NFL's worst inside linebackers. Still, Coyle was given an impressive contract offer after the conclusion of the season; unfortunately, he was able to play just a portion of one game under his new deal.

Coyle played the game of football with fire, and gave his all whenever he set foot on the field. The linebacker was a leader in the locker room and on the field of play, and will be missed by his teammates and the 49ers' organization.

Here's what the team's official press release had to say about the San Francisco 49ers' former starting inside linebacker:

"Brock contributed greatly to the culture we have been building over the last two years, and we are very thankful to have benefitted from his presence," said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. "Through his play, his character and his professionalism, he set a wonderful example of what this organization looks for in a 49er. We expect great things from Brock in whatever he chooses to do in life and wish him continued success."

Coyle (6-1, 245) appeared in 17 games (11 starts) over the past two seasons with the team after originally signing as a free agent on March 10, 2017. He registered 68 tackles, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and 0.5 sack to go along with two tackles on special teams.
Enjoy this article? Follow us to never miss more!

Powered by Follow.it


Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News


placeholder image

49ers coach reveals strategic plans for Leonard Floyd

By David Bonilla
Jun 15

Leonard Floyd was the San Francisco 49ers' biggest offseason addition, providing a pass-rushing presence to complement All-Pro Nick Bosa. "I believe our skill sets will complement each other well," Floyd said after signing with the 49ers in free agency. "We both been guys...


placeholder image

10 highest-paid NFL QBs: Will 49ers' Brock Purdy top the list next year?

By David Bonilla
Jun 13

It doesn't seem that long ago when the Kansas City Chiefs signed Patrick Mahomes to a jaw-dropping 10-year, $450 million contract. That $45 million annual salary now looks like a bargain for the NFL's best quarterback. Eight quarterbacks now earn more annually than the...


placeholder image

Bears' Caleb Williams will train with 49ers' Brock Purdy

By David Bonilla
Jun 13

NFL players might have time off until training camps begin at the end of July, but that doesn't mean the work pauses. They need to stay in shape and hone their fundamentals during this break to prepare for the rigors of training camp and the upcoming 2024 season. Chicago Bears...


placeholder image

Why CBS Sports expects 49ers QB Brock Purdy to regress in 2024

By David Bonilla
Jun 13

Garrett Podell of CBS Sports recently assessed the NFL landscape, identifying quarterbacks poised to improve or regress in 2024. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy fell into the latter group, with Podell predicting the third-year player might struggle to match last...


Latest

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone