49ers' Vernon Davis Confirms He's a Hold-Out for Minicamp
When theSan Francisco 49ers begin minicamp on Tuesday, they will be without All-Protight end Vernon Davis. In a guest post on Peter King's MMQB website on SI, Davis said that he will hold out from camp,saying he merely wants what he feels he deserves in the form of a new contract. This comes three days after he said he would be in attendance.
"In 2010 I signeda five-year, $37 million contractextensionwith $23 million guaranteed. It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history. Four years later, and Im playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why Im holding out. Its all about getting paid what you deserve. Its not that complicated," Davis wrote.
He said he remains committed to the team, that hehopes they canwin a Super Bowl together and thathe'll continue training.
"...I have to worry about my future first. Most of my teammates and many players in the NFL understand that. A few dont. Behind closed doors, theyll say theyre all about the team and would run through a brick wall for the organization. But when you look closer, theyre doing things to contradict themselves. I cant listen to anyone but my family and my advisors, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me."
Davis currently has two years remaining on his six-year, $42.7 million deal, which is third in the league, behind Rob Gronkowski's $9 million annual salary and Jason Witten's $7.4 million annualsalary.
Earlier this month, teammate Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year contract extension worth up to $126 million. Of Kaepernick's 21 touchdown passes thrown last year, 13 came from Davis.
So perhaps Davis has a point in all this. Can you blame him for wanting a piece of the pie?
Kaepernick hasnot attended the team's voluntary workouts this offseason and has already forfeited a $200,000 workout bonus. He could be finednearly $70,000 if he doesnt attend the three-day minicamp, according to Eric Branch of SFGate.com.
Last year, Davis finished second among league tight ends in receiving touchdowns, reaching the Pro Bowl for the second time.