The San Francisco 49′ers are holding their first day of mandatory off season camp today and their top TE is a no-show. Vernon Davis has been in the rumors lately particularly surrounding this camp. He wants a new contract. Or at least a raise.
The eight year NFL veteran who signed an extension in 2010. A fiver year deal worth 36.75 million dollars. Davis has completed three of those five seasons. As part of Davis’ contract, he will not receive a $400K signing bonus this season and his base salary for 2014 drops from just over six million to just under five million.
In his eight seasons, Davis has posted 5,201 yards receiving on 397 receptions and has 53 touchdowns. He has been a huge asset to the development of QB Colin Kaepernick and has been an big reason for the 49′ers success over the last few seasons. The 49′ers have made the NFC Championship game three times in three seasons losing two. They advanced to the Super Bowl in 2012 only to lose to the Baltimore Ravens.
Davis has been absent from all voluntary workouts this year so far and told ESPN why he is holding out.
“In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history,” Davis wrote. “Four years later, and I’m playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I’m holding out. It’s all about getting paid what you deserve. It’s not that complicated. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first.”
The 49′ers have not spoken publicly on the matter yet but will have to address the situation if this continues to training camp. Davis will be fined by the team for his absence.