The rumors have been flying all over the place regarding Seneca Wallace, who unceremoniously left the San Francisco 49ers just a week after signing with them.
On Thursday, after their preseason game against the Chargers, head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that Wallace said he would not continue to play football.
“It’s something that was his decision,” Harbaugh told the San Francisco Chronicle. “He felt strongly about it. I don’t talk people out of that. I’ve never seen it done on game day, but I wish him well.”
However, Wallace says he is not calling it quits.
“I have not retired,” Wallace told the Des Moine Register. “I have just removed myself from the San Francisco situation because it wasn’t a perfect fit for me.”
He also claimed that he was signed only to pressure backup quarterback Colt McCoy to take a pay cut. McCoy dropped his base salary from $1.5 million to $630,000 earlier this week, according to ProFootballTalk.
Then, Wallace lashed out at Harbaugh for assuming his retirement.
“For him to come out and say that, ‘Hey, Seneca’s planning on his retirement’ … I don’t think that’s even 100 percent fair for him to come out and say that because I don’t even know him,” Wallace said, via the Register. “I think that should be my decision.”
Wallace, 33, is an eight-year veteran having spent time with the Seahawks and Browns. He did not play at all in 2012, and has had two unsuccessful comeback attempts this season with the Saints and the 49ers.