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.