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If "retired" RT Anthony Davis wants to play, should New York Giants be interested?

San Francisco reportedly trying to trade Davis, who is expected to return to the NFL in 2016.

Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis
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Former San Francisco 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis is "retired" from the NFL. Well, technically, anyway. After five years as a starter for the 49ers, the 2011 first-round pick retired before the 2015 season.

Davis, though, is expected to return to football at some point, with David Fucillo of Niners Nation telling me that Davis has "repeatedly said he's coming back." Peter King mentioned in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column that he has been told San Francisco is trying to trade the rights to Davis.

So, let's think about this just a bit, read the situation and see if Davis could be the answer for the Giants at right tackle, where the fan base is playing/begging/clamoring for an upgrade from Marshall Newhouse.

Davis, 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, is still only 26 years old. He has started all 71 regular-season games he has appeared in, each of those at right tackle. Davis is a Piscataway, N.J. native who played at Rutgers, and you have to think that playing at home rather than on the West Coast would appeal to him.

There is also this. Davis' five years in San Francisco correspond to the exact time frame when current Giants offensive line coach Mike Solari held that same job in San Francisco. If anyone knows what kind of player Davis can be, and might have any insight into whether or not he is truly committed to playing again and could help the Giants, Solari would be the guy.

Davis has not yet applied for reinstatement, though per Niners Nation he has apparently said he will be doing so at some time this year. The 49ers could either release Davis or hang on to him and try to deal him.

Either way, should Davis be on the Giants' radar is he truly does want to play again?


[UPDATE: 4:17 p.m. ET]