San Francisco 49ers’ tight end Vernon Davis has been sitting out of the 49ers’ voluntary offseason program because he wants a new contract. Davis is sacrificing a $200,000 workout bonus for missing these voluntary workouts.
According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Davis hasn’t said much about why he’s missing these workouts. Branch asked Davis whether or not he plans on attending the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp from June 17-19th.
“I might be there,” Davis said. “I might not. It’s mandatory. I probably should be there. We’ll see.”
Davis is set to earn $9.1 million in base salary over the last two years of his contract. If he doesn’t attend the mandatory workouts, he could possibly have to pay $70,000 in fines.
Davis’ average salary of $7.35 million ranks third among tight ends in the NFL behind New England’s Rob Gronkowski ($8 million) and Dallas’ Jason Witten ($7.4 million).
The 49ers have several players, including Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree, and Mike Iupati, who are entering the last years of their contracts, and the 49ers will have to decide which of those players they want to give extensions to and how hefty they want those extensions to be. If Davis doesn’t attend the mandatory minicamp, it will be interesting to see if the 49ers decide to give him an extension or not.
Davis caught 52 passes for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, and he also became the first tight end in NFL history to complete two seasons with 12 or more touchdown catches in a season.
Davis is one of Kaepernick’s favorite targets, and he’s a significant, valuable part of this 49ers team. Should the 49ers give Davis a contract extension now? How big of a contract does he deserve? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.