Chris Borland announced on Sunday that he will give most of his signing bonus from his rookie season back to the 49ers.
Borland received a $617,436 signing bonus when he agreed to a four-year deal with the 49ers, who drafted him in the third round out of Wisconsin a year ago. He will return $463,077 of that bonus
Borland, who unexpectedly announced his retirement from the NFL after just one season in the NFL, will give the 49ers three-fourths of his bonus back to the team. He’s only keeping the part he earned.
The added cash will give the 49ers a bit more salary cap room, more than enough to sign their entire 2015 draft class in May.
It’s a real classy move on Borland’s part to give San Francisco back most of the money as well as announce his retirement prior to the NFL Draft. His moves allow the 49ers more than ample time to remedy the situation at middle linebacker as well as preventing a nasty image backlash by going after $400,000 in signing bonus from a recently retired player who called it quits due to future health concerns.
It’s a win-win situation for both Borland and the 49ers.