When the San Francisco 49ers begin minicamp on Tuesday, they will be without All-Pro tight 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 signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history. 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,” Davis wrote.
He said he remains committed to the team, that he hopes they can win a Super Bowl together and that he’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 don’t. Behind closed doors, they’ll say they’re all about the team and would run through a brick wall for the organization. But when you look closer, they’re doing things to contradict themselves. I can’t 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 annual salary.
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 has not attended the team’s voluntary workouts this offseason and has already forfeited a $200,000 workout bonus. He could be fined nearly $70,000 if he doesn’t 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.