Although Vernon Davis cost himself $200,000 dollars by sitting out voluntary workouts with the San Francisco 49ers during the past few weeks, it doesn’t appear as if the Pro Bowl tight end will be fighting too hard over a contract dispute.
Apparently just wanting to make the 49ers aware of his displeasure, Davis presumably plans to participate in the 49ers upcoming minicamp given it’s mandatory status says Bill Williamson.
#49ers Just talked to Vernon Davis about whether he will be at minicamp June 17-19: “If it’s mandatory, I think I should be there.”
Davis did go on to state that “every decision I make is in the best interest of my brand” though he doesn’t appear to have much leverage here.
First off, despite Davis’ talent, he’s already the third highest paid tight end in the NFL. Secondly, Davis is still under contract for the next two seasons and given the 49ers tight salary cap situation and the fact that they just throw gobs of money at quarterback Colin Kaepernick, they aren’t exactly swimming in available funds.
Now, if Davis was simply attempting to send a message to the 49ers front office (which may be the case considering he doesn’t appear willing to sit out any mandatory team activities) I’d say mission accomplished.
We already heard last week that the 49ers weren’t likely to budge on a new deal in the near future, so Davis may have come to such an understanding and will now play the role of good teammate. Of course, as his contract nears conclusion, we’re likely to hear about more extension requests.