As we speak, there are only two members of the San Francisco 49ers roster currently sitting out voluntary workouts. One is guard Alex Boone. The other? None other than Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis.
The veteran, who had a rocky start to his career, has been quick to praise the 49ers franchise in recent years but has seemingly grown irritated with his contract.
In an attempt to protest/gain leverage, Davis has decided to sit from 49ers activities to stage a mild protest.
“Davis, who has two years remaining on a lucrative deal he signed before the 2010 season opener, is remaining away from the 49ers’ organized workout program due to dissatisfaction with his contract, a source indicated to CSNBayArea.com.”
San Francisco doesn’t seem overly concerned that Davis is sitting out with head coach Jim Harbaugh stating that the workouts ‘are voluntary’ in nature and he’s not required to partake.
A more interesting note will be when the 49ers open minicamp come the middle of June where players who miss time are subject to a potential $60,000 dollar fine. Of course, that’s pennies in the grand scheme of things for Davis so if he’s that intent on getting a new deal, he could opt to stay on the sidelines for that as well.
San Francisco recently restructured a handful of contracts to get themselves a little extra breathing room regarding the salary cap, but that shouldn’t impede them from working on a new deal with Davis if they so choose.
Davis is under contract through the 2015 season.