Both Vernon Davis and Alex Boone were not present Tuesday morning at a team meeting, and are now officially holding out. Both are seeking better paying deals.
For Vernon Davis, this comes just a couple days after he came out on 95.7 The Game saying he would in fact attend. Instead, he appeared as a guest writer on Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, and right away addressed his reasons for holding out:
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. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working toward that goal, but I have to worry about my future first… 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.
Not much more for us to add after that.
As for Alex Boone, his situation is also an important one. He signed his contract extension in 2011 as a backup, but has since fired that agent after negotiating a five-year, $8+ million contract. He comes into this season as the started and is scheduled to make $3.70 million ($2.25 million and $1.45 million respectively) over the next two seasons.
What should worry 49ers fans are the guys he hired. According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco those guys are Jonathan Feinsod and Neil Schwartz, who “have engaged in bitter contract disputes with teams while representing such clients as Vincent Jackson, Darrelle Revis and Roddy White.”
How these two holdouts affect the team remains to be seen, but considering both are supposed to be starters on offense this season it can’t help. Vernon Davis’ absence is pretty explanatory since he has been a consistent target for Colin Kaepernick, but Boone’s could be just as vital on an offensive line that at times struggled last year.