"I'm paying back three-fourth of my signing bonus. I'm only taking the money I've earned," Borland said on the show. "To me it's just about health and nothing else. I never played the game for money or attention. I love football. I've had a blast. I don't regret the last 10 years of my life at all. I'd do it over the exact same way."
It is unclear whether the 49ers would have sought to recover Borland's signing bonus, which they had a right to do under the collective bargaining agreement. Borland's decision to pay the money back prevents any back-and-forth on the topic. Borland would have to pay back three-fourths of is signing bonus of $617,436, meaning he'd pay back the 49ers over $450,000.