According to San Francisco 49ers safety C.J. Spillman’s Instagram account, Vernon Davis has ended his holdout and reported to 49ers’ training camp today.
Davis was greeted by several teammates, including nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, wide receiver Kassim Osgood, and defensive lineman Lawrence Okoyoe, today at the 49ers’ practice facility in Santa Clara.
Davis has skipped all of the 49ers’ offseason practices and minicamps in order to obtain a large new contract. By missing these offseason activities, Davis forfeited his $200,000 workout bonus and was subjected to $70,000 in fines for missing the mandatory minicamp in June.
Davis is set to earn $9.1 million in base salary over the last two years of his contract. Davis’ average salary of $7.35 million ranks third among tight ends in the NFL behind New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski ($8 million) and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten ($7.4 million).
Like Davis, 49ers right guard Alex Boone has been holding out too. Unlike Davis though, Boone isn’t expected to report to training camp. According to reports, Boone will stage a long holdout until he gets the contract extension that he thinks he deserves.
This offseason, the 49ers have signed Colin Kaepernick and Joe Staley to contract extensions. Is it Davis’ turn now to sign an extension?
“It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get (a new contract),” Davis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. “If I get it, that’s good. It’s moving slowly, but surely.
“At the end of the day, if I don’t get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down. If I don’t get it at the moment, I’m not going to lose any sleep.”
Davis is one of Kaepernick’s favorite targets on offense, and Davis has been one of the most important players on this 49ers team for many years now. Even though the holdout is now over, will the 49ers offer him a contract extension soon?