San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis showed up to training camp on Wednesday, ending speculation about whether or not he’d hold out. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, his decision to show up was in part because of the fines he would incur. Being fined and losing money to try and get more seems counter productive.
Per a league source, his decision to show up for training camp was influenced by multiple factors, including but not limited to $30,000 per day in fines and, after five days, partial signing bonus forfeiture.
Davis had previously state that not getting a new deal wouldn’t be the end of the world.
“It hasn’t been difficult at all. There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about,” Davis said in late June. “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.”
That same source Florio referenced earlier said that Davis isn’t happy though, and those previous statements don’t seem to represent Davis’ current thinking.
The source says Davis still wants a new contract, and he’s “definitely” not OK with proceeding absent a raise. The team reportedly won’t negotiate with players who are holding out.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that no deal is being discussed.