Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh restrains San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) from a scuffle with Baltimore Ravens players in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh disappointed in Vernon Davis, Alex Boone holding out of minicamp


Vernon Davis has made no secret about his desire to get a new deal from the San Francisco 49ers after recording 13 touchdown receptions last season as Colin Kaepernick‘s go-to guy in the passing game. With Davis and starting guard Alex Boone both no-shows at the team’s mandatory minicamp, head coach Jim Harbaugh expressed his disappointment in the two failing to help make the team better.

“I’m disappointed in that decision for them not to be here,” Harbaugh said Tuesday, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.  “As a voluntary segment to the offseason and we appreciate those guys volunteering to make the team better.  Now, it’s mandatory and wish they could’ve . . . [it’s] not the decision I envision being the 49er way.”

The 49er way is much like the way of many other NFL teams that want their players to live up to the terms of the contract they signed and show up and earn the financial rewards attached to the deal.

The club did, however, reward Kaepernick with a lucrative, albeit team-friendly contract extension earlier this offseason after helping guide the team to three straight NFC Championship Game appearances, including the Super Bowl two years ago, so now Davis and Boone want some of the money being handed out.

David and Boone are both subject to $70,000 worth of fines if they are absent for the minicamp, but if their no-show results in some new paper coming their way, it will all be worth it, at least from a financial standpoint.

Of course, Harbaugh is entitled to feeling disappointed in two of his offensive starters who are not working with their teammates to try and get better to beat the Seattle Seahawks and win the Super Bowl, but as a former player he should be able to appreciate their desire to get as much money as they can before their career comes to an end.


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  • loverpoint

    And what if the new paper does not come their way ?
    I think fans look at both of these situations as selfishness inspired by greedy AGENTS.
    Some of us warned the 49ers about planning for the day when Narcissist Davis would be to selfish and demanding, but who knew it would be this year ? But management has also been pretty ignorant about addressing the TE position over the last 2 years, so far neither McDonald, Celek or any of the walk-ons seem capable to start .

    Boone is being foolish. He is ruining any kind fan loyalty he may have had . He is always talking about being a stand up guy. I’ll remind him again , he signed the contract , now live up to the contract . Without this childish tantrum I would have said that next year they should extend his contract , but now I’m not sure.

    Some players lose their job because they get injured and another player steps up and takes their job .
    Some players get in trouble with the law and are suspended and they lose their job to a more ambitious and reliable player
    Some players are spoiled into thinking that they are the most important player on the team and like spoiled children they pout and whine, and soon they lose their job because no one wants to play with them anymore.