49ers’ Weston Richburg Announces Retirement
San Francisco 49ers veteran center Weston Richburg has officially announced his retirement from the NFL, following a number of injuries that have limited him, including a injury-riddled 2020 season that prevented him from playing a single game.
“I consider myself extremely blessed to have played in this league and am so grateful for the experiences over the last seven years,” Richburg said in a statement released by the 49ers. “Injuries are an unfortunate part of this game and I’ve reached a point where my body won’t allow me to continue playing and competing at a high level. I was able to play some good football all over the country and was fortunate enough to finish my career with the greatest franchise in sports. From top to bottom, the 49ers organization is comprised of some of the best men, women and athletes I’ve ever been around. To be just a small part of an NFC Championship and Super Bowl run is something I will never forget.”
Richburg signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the 49ers ahead of free agency in 2018, which made him the highest paid center in the league.
Richburg suffered a torn right patellar tendon suffered in Week 14 of the 2019 season. Recovering from that injury and a lingering shoulder injury led to him missing the entire 2020 campaign.
“Weston was someone who made not only our offense, but our entire team better,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in the statement. “He led by example through his detailed approach and the toughness in which he played the game. He was a tremendous player for our organization and will be missed both on the field and in the locker room.”
San Francisco signed veteran center Alex Mack in free agency.