49ers: Former starting guard Mike Person announces his retirement

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Former San Francisco 49ers’ offensive guard Miker Person has officially announced his retirement.

A former San Francisco 49ers player has officially announced his retirement and that player is offensive lineman Mike Person.

Person was released by the team back in April after spending the past two seasons as the team’s starting right guard. And he told his local Montana radio station that “now is the right time” to move on.

Originally a seventh-round pick of the 49ers back in 2011, Person was released by the team as part of final roster cuts the following season before ever playing a game with them.

From there, he would bounce around the league for a number of years spending time with the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams before finally receiving a starting opportunity with the Atlanta Falcons.

Person went on to start 14 games at center for the Falcons in 2015 before falling off a cliff the next season. He’d spend 2016 split between the Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs failing to appear in a game for either team.

His fortunes would turn around in 2017 as he would re-sign with the Colts and start four games at center in place of the injured Ryan Kelly. He managed to turn his mild success in Indianapolis into a starting gig with the 49ers the following season.

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Person would enter the 2018 season as the 49ers’ starting right guard — a position he would re-assume in 2019 as well. In total, Person started 30 games over two seasons with the 49ers making it the most successful tenure of his NFL career.

But the 49ers felt that they could upgrade at the position and decided to move on in April. And just a couple of months later, the 32-year-old veteran officially announced his retirement.

The 49ers will roll into the 2020 season with two new starters along the offensive line, but the right guard position will definitely be more low-profile than their other addition.

Seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams was acquired in a trade to replace the long-tenured Joe Staley in one of the most notable moves of the offseason. His place in the starting lineup is solidified, but the same cant be said for the right guard position.

The likes of Daniel Brunskill and Tom Compton are expected to compete for the starting position with Brunskill likely having the early edge.

Brunskill impressed in extended action last season and is the younger, more exciting option. Meanwhile, Compton was brought in via free agency to serve as more of an experienced backup.

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Person’s days with the 49ers were already over, but now he’s decided that his NFL days are over as well.