“That’s right! I’m retired,” he said, with Gronkowski and former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison on a couch beside him.
On Monday, the 36-year-old Davis struck a more serious note about his retirement, saying in a statement that he was walking away from football “because of the constant wear and tear my body has sustained” during his career.
“The journey I’ve had has been noting short of amazing,” Davis said in his statement. “From being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, to being traded to the Denver Broncos and winning Super Bowl 50 and coming back home and playing for the Washington Redskins, a team I grew up rooting for. I take great pride in the many accolades I have received throughout my career; but most importantly, the relationships I’ve cultivated throughout this time have been an incredible experience for me and my family.
“I am looking forward to the next phase of my professional career which will include opportunities in business and television. I will hold football in my heart forever and I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had while playing this great game.”
Davis played in the NFL for 14 seasons after being was selected by the San Francisco 49ers out of Maryland with the sixth pick of the 2006 draft. He earned a reputation as one of the league’s iron men in San Francisco, appearing in 148 of 160 games in his first decade in pro football and starting in 140 of them. He was selected to two Pro Bowls, after the 2009 and 2013 seasons.
In 2015, he was traded to Denver and became a key late-season target for Peyton Manning.
Davis came to Washington in the 2016 season and immediately became a fan favorite. Davis grew up in the District and attended Dunbar High, where he was a 2002 All-Met selection, and played in the U.S. Army all-American Bowl. He was also a track star.
In his first season with the Redskins, he caught 44 passes and scored two touchdowns, then signed a three-year contract to stay with the team. He provided veteran leadership and a voice of accountability for a team that struggled to contend and then went into full-blown rebuilding mode after moving from Kirk Cousins to Alex Smith to Case Keenum to Dwayne Haskins at quarterback.
Davis struggled with injuries and appeared in only four games in 2019, making one start. He had 10 catches and a touchdown reception.
Even before Davis announced his retirement, tight end was a position of need for Washington after Jordan Reed did not play at all during the 2019 regular season following a concussion in the third preseason game. Washington also lists Jeremy Sprinkle, Hale Hentges and Caleb Wilson on its depth chart. Sprinkle and Hentges combined for 34 catches and two touchdowns in 2019. Wilson did not appear in a game.
Tight end Greg Olsen, who just parted ways with the Carolina Panthers, would consider reuniting with Coach Ron Rivera by signing with the Redskins, a person familiar with the situation told The Washington Post’s Mark Maske.