49ers’ Vernon Davis Wants New Deal
San Francisco 49ers star tight end Vernon Davis matched his career high with 13 receiving touchdowns in 2013. Apparently he’d like to be paid accordingly.
The tight end is reportedly sitting out of San Francisco’s voluntary workouts due to “dissatisfaction with his contract” in an effort to spark talks for a new contract or adjusted extension.
When asked why Davis was absent from practices, head coach Jim Harbaugh cited that Davis didn’t technically have to be there, saying, “As you know, the workouts are voluntary. That would be the reason.”
Harbaugh would be right, but that doesn’t completely explain why Davis is sitting out of workouts when he’d be due a $200,000 workout bonus if he showed up and participated.
San Francisco’s mandatory camp runs from June 17-19. If Davis chooses to sit out of those workouts, then the situation will start to get real. Players who sit out mandatory team camps are subject to fines up to $60,000.
Davis just signed a five-year extension in 2010 that gave him a $10 million signing bonus, while his average yearly paycheck of $7.35 million trails only Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten.
It seems Davis would like to be closer to the top of that list.
If Davis truly has issues with his current deal, it’s bordering on greedy, as he’s still owed over $4 million per year through 2015, not including workout and other bonuses. Entering 2014 at age 30, Davis likely realizes he’s in his prime and wants to take advantage of one last big pay day.
Being that he’s coming off of a terrific season that saw him battle through tough outings thanks to little help outside of Anquan Boldin for the most of the year, he has a decent argument in trying to land a new deal.
With that said, the 49ers are a “by the book” franchise and they aren’t ones to give in to demands – especially when the player making the demands is already being paid handsomely and has two years remaining on his current deal.
Even if the Niners agreed with Davis that he’s underpaid (and they surely don’t), they have bigger fish to fry. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wide receiver Michael Crabtree are just two other big names that are higher on the food chain at the moment, given that their deals dry up at the end of the 2014 season.
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