San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has already given up $200,000 dollars by not working out with the team during a voluntary OTA, but the Pro Bowl talent has yet to officially miss any mandatory 49ers programs.
That could change when San Francisco holds their mid-June camp, but for now, Davis’ sitting out of organized team activities is more of a absence in protest than an official ‘sit out’.
What Davis plans to do come camp is unknown, though, it’s the belief of CSN Bay Area insider Matt Maiocco that the 49ers are unlikely to grant the wish of Davis, who despite being the third highest paid tight end in the NFL, wants a new deal.
“It would be surprising if the 49ers budge on Davis’ contract,”, says Maiocco. “He is 30 years old. And he is signed for two more seasons. The only question is when Davis and his agent, Todd France, who negotiated the 2010 extension, will conclude that the 49ers cannot be leveraged for a new deal.”
San Francisco is already working on limited salary cap room and have reworked the deals of multiple players to give them more current room, only pushing back the inevitable for a few more seasons. Adding Davis to that list wouldn’t be the smartest decision their front office has made, though understandably they don’t want an unhappy player either.
It’s possible San Francisco might be able to quiet Davis down with the suggestion that they’ll work on an extension when his contract only has one year remaining, but for now the 49ers have more pressing needs, like the extension of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.