The San Francisco 49ers have a policy of holding players to their current deals, electing not to rip up contracts to give players new deals. Right now they have two players testing the 49ers’ resolve on this issue in right guard Alex Boone and tight end Vernon Davis.
Davis seemed to be more laid back about the whole contract situation, telling D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there was no stress about the situation. Even suggesting that he wouldn’t hold out.
“It hasn’t been difficult at all,” Davis said. “There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about. It’s obvious that we want a new contract. I want a new contract. It’s just like any athlete, we all want a new contract. But I’m not going to stress over it.
“It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it. If I get it, that’s good. It’s moving slowly, but surely. At the end of the day, if I don’t get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down. If I don’t get it at the moment, I’m not going to lose any sleep.”
Well that appears to have changed and now the thinking is that Davis won’t be showing up.
From Pro Football Talk:
A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, at the present time, Davis would not be reporting. That doesn’t mean he won’t show; with nine days to go, Davis can change his mind and change it back again a few times or more before the time comes to report for duty.
If the 49ers give into Boone and Davis it could open up the floodgates and players in the future could holdout to test the 49ers. Mike Florio of PFT said that the 49ers “reportedly won’t negotiate with Boone or Davis until they show up.”