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Report: Niners, Vernon Davis working on a new deal

NFL_davis5.jpgA week after 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis inked a five-year, $50 million extension, a key member of the team’s offense is moving toward a big-money deal of his own.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the team and tight end Vernon Davis are working toward a new deal.  Per Maiocco, Davis has requested a five-year, $40 million contract, with $25 million guaranteed.

Davis, the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft, is due to earn a base salary of $5.7 million for 2010, according to NFLPA records.  It’s the final year of Davis’ rookie deal.

In 2009, Davis enjoyed the best year of his career, by far.  After three years in which he maxed out at 52 receptions for 509 yards and four touchdowns, Davis racked up 78 catches for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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  1. vanhelsing says: May 10, 2010 2:54 PM

    he should thank his lucky stars that captain pantsdropper is the coach there

  2. joelvis72 says: May 10, 2010 2:57 PM

    Interesting because I thought he was finished in San Francisco after Singletary threw him off the sidelines a couple of seasons back.

  3. paleandpasty says: May 10, 2010 2:57 PM

    I guess there goes the reunion with his brother in Miami.

  4. Benjamin C Klein says: May 10, 2010 2:59 PM

    He is the best tight end in football, and he still hasn’t hit his ceiling. Pay the man.

  5. raybin says: May 10, 2010 2:59 PM

    I’m not a 49ers fan, so if I’m wrong about this feel free to correct me if you are, but Davis seems like a guy who falls into the category of those men who, once they get paid, pretty much just pack it in.

  6. WarrenMoonGOAT says: May 10, 2010 3:07 PM

    was i the only one who heard the announcers laughing when he came out in the pro bowl introductions with his new hair cut

  7. AlphaQ2 says: May 10, 2010 3:07 PM

    Along with the new contract, I heard he requested a large vat of oil to lube up the guns.

  8. Babbabooey says: May 10, 2010 3:08 PM

    If he had a better QB, he’d be shattering TE records. He had a great year last year with crappy QB’s, and decent stats of even worse QB play the years before last. I mean seriously, J.T. O’Sullivan, Shawn Hill, Trent Dilfer and Alex Smith? I’m suprised he wasn’t a bust with those guys getting him the ball.

  9. FAS says: May 10, 2010 3:09 PM

    I just hope he keeps playing like Gates while getting paid like Russell.

  10. Big Tex says: May 10, 2010 3:13 PM

    “He is the best tight end in football” After ONE good year? The guy has four years in the league and has averaged about 500 yards a year and 4 TDs. Let’s see more than one good year before we annoint him, okay? $25 million guaranteed for a guy who looked like a moderate bust before last year seems dicey to me.

  11. crabman82 says: May 10, 2010 3:13 PM

    raybin, 2 things about daivs, #1 his work ethic has never been questioned easily one of the hardset workers on the team, #2 being picked 6th in the draft he got the highest contract for a tight end in 2006 before even steppin on the field, point being he has always been paid very well by tight end standards

  12. TexansMike says: May 10, 2010 3:15 PM

    Owen Daniels is loving this.

  13. Edgy6 says: May 10, 2010 3:15 PM

    He was the #6 overall pick and is set to make $5.7M this year, which is pretty close to the TE franchise value around ~$6M, so this new deal wouldn’t be “breaking the bank” for him like some guys.
    He’s been a gym rat since college, and used the verbal lashing Sing gave him to turn his career around. He’s the best athlete and blocker amongst NFL TE’s, but he knows he’s got a ways to go with hands and route-running skills to catch up to guys like Witten. When Ted Ginn was signed, he said TG would be spending time with him at the jugs machines after practice. I’d say he keeps working at his craft, $8M/yr well spent.

  14. parasonic says: May 10, 2010 3:16 PM

    @raybin
    I’m not a 49ers fan either and I initially thought he’d be that guy as well. But he was the 6th pick overall in the draft era where the top 6 get PAID. So technically he’s been getting paid well and hasn’t been Jamarcusing it. Def agree with other comments that he’s arguably the best TE in the game and hasn’t hit his ceiling yet. Didn’t he run a freakish 4.3 something at the combine too? Not even Brian Cushing could cover that…

  15. Grulks says: May 10, 2010 3:18 PM

    Benjamin C Klein says: May 10, 2010 2:59 PM
    He is the best tight end in football, and he still hasn’t hit his ceiling. Pay the man.
    ===========
    I suppose if, in no order, Dallas Clark/Antonio Gates/Tony Gonzales/Jason Witten all retired today, I might agree with that statement. But the fact is that all four of those guys have put up same/better numbers year in and year out, and additionally have had more talent at the WR position on the same team to compete against (i.e. only one ball, and it can only be spread around so much). Davis put up great numbers one year, but there was no real threat elsewhere to throw the ball too/siphon off touches to Davis.

  16. MasterShake says: May 10, 2010 3:21 PM

    Know what I mean Vern(on)? Straight cash homey!
    9ers still miss the playoffs. Get a real QB and then we’ll talk.
    Regards,
    Bill Walsh

  17. Grulks says: May 10, 2010 3:22 PM

    raybin says: May 10, 2010 2:59 PM
    I’m not a 49ers fan, so if I’m wrong about this feel free to correct me if you are, but Davis seems like a guy who falls into the category of those men who, once they get paid, pretty much just pack it in.
    ======
    That was kind of my impression too.
    I dont know that this is true, its just my impression. Too many athletes want to get paid in a break the bank way after 2-3 years of nothing, and 1 year of above avg stats. See exhibits Haynesworthless, Ced Ben, etc.

  18. Renoberger says: May 10, 2010 3:23 PM

    The problem with my 49ers is the SingRaye Sardine Can Offense(SCO). We start games with formations so tight it is as crowded as a sardine can. When we spread things out in the 2nd half we move the ball at will. Get rid of the SingRaye Sardine Can Offense, run a more spread formations and the QB will be much better, and so will Vernon Davis.

  19. SF Saints Fan says: May 10, 2010 3:24 PM

    He should get his money, but it should be paid out as performance bonuses every year. I am not convinced that his attitude has changed from the “look at me” attitude that he had every year before 2009. If he gets a huge signing bonus and guaranteed money he will revert to form and be a jackass once again. A very rich jackass, but a jackass nonetheless.

  20. ghostrider says: May 10, 2010 3:28 PM

    @raybin… nah, Vernon has always been one of the hardest workers on the team. That hasn’t always translated into elite production but no one has ever questioned his workout warrior status.

  21. Youngone says: May 10, 2010 3:36 PM

    For people who think he will just quit after getting paid, you obviously don’t understand the intensity of this guy. Sounds corny to say, but Singletary has really changed this guy. He was always obsessed with training but now his ego is in check.

  22. NinerNation says: May 10, 2010 3:39 PM

    Raybin– Yep, you’re definitely wrong on that one.
    Vernon Davis is one of the hardest workers on the team, his problem has never been his work ethic. He stays after practice to work on his hands(catches 100+ balls everyday), and is in impeccable shape. Davis will get paid, and he’ll put in the same amount of work. He’s a team player, he wants to win.

  23. Iron Wolf says: May 10, 2010 3:40 PM

    One good year does not make up for the other years he was a punk. If he performs similarly this year, then I’d say he’s the real deal. Different than Willis, who was excellent from the get-go.

  24. josh69530 says: May 10, 2010 3:44 PM

    I hope the niners negotiate well. As much as i would like to keep Davis, I can’t see $8 million per year to a tight end as a wise investment.

  25. mustbechris says: May 10, 2010 3:44 PM

    5 years 40 million? for a tight end who’s had one non-crappy season? i lol’d.

  26. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 3:45 PM

    OVERrated. Hot dog who can’t block and averages 30 catches per season in his career. Not in the top 20 tight ends of the league at the moment, except in terms of publicity.

  27. severs28 says: May 10, 2010 3:46 PM

    Is it me or is that like TWICE the amount of any other TE contract in football. I don’t care how good you are, I am not paying my TE $8 million a year.

  28. NinerDynasty says: May 10, 2010 3:49 PM

    Raybin, to correct you.. Yes you are Wrong.. this guy has the best work ethic in the team.. some would say even more than Frank Gore and frank is no lazy guy… Davis is the one you will see working on his own or with the coaches hours after practice is over.. This guy is hungry to make a statement in the NFL and he is already getting paid.. he has been one of the highest paid tight end in the league since he got drafted..

  29. Stillerz says: May 10, 2010 3:54 PM

    9′ers are quietly building a pretty strong team. I got em making the playoffs next year, probably even winning a game.
    Could use a new QB but they got 2 great OL in the draft and that should help Alex Smith. Gore has always been good and Coffee isnt bad himself. With Davis and Crabtree they went from one of the worst offenses in the league a couple years ago to a pretty dangerous group.
    Taylor Mays only adds to an already strong defense.
    As a Steelers fan, I have no problem with the new 49er team.

  30. truegrinder80 says: May 10, 2010 4:08 PM

    ethan robert says:
    May 10, 2010 3:45 PM
    OVERrated. Hot dog who can’t block and averages 30 catches per season in his career. Not in the top 20 tight ends of the league at the moment, except in terms of publicity.
    -He’s the BEST BLOCKING TE in FOOTBALL IDIOT!

  31. crabman82 says: May 10, 2010 4:16 PM

    ethan robert, u are clearly just a hater, davis is one of the best blocking te’s in the league, not a top 20 te? why dont u post your list of the top 20 tight ends so we can all laugh, i dont think vernon is the best, but is easily in the top 5 or 6

  32. sdffa11 says: May 10, 2010 4:24 PM

    he got paid well enough when he was drafted 6th overall and didnt perform. he should take a lesser salary since he had all that upfront money but didnt deliver. besides, hes only had 1 good year.

  33. B-Minus says: May 10, 2010 4:33 PM

    I’m a huge Niner fan and VD should be resigned. Dude is a beast, seriously. Broke the TD record for TE’s last year. Never had work ethic questions but had maturity issues that it seems like he’s over. And all those people saying he can’t block don’t watch his games. Blocking is actually one of his strengths. Right in the article Florio links to it says “Singletary describes Davis as the best-blocking tight end he has ever seen.”
    He gets stuck in the muddiness of our offense but he’s right up there with the elite tight end’s. He’s just going to get better, lock him up.

  34. jeremy says: May 10, 2010 4:34 PM

    When it comes to the best complete NFL TE, Davis is at least in the conversation. He does not have the receiving skills of a gates, gonzo or witten, but his blocking is probably the best in the league. Against the vikings last year, there were several plays that davis manned up jared allen. Many of the leagues Left Tackles fail at that. Fantasy has reduced the measure of a quality TE by measuring only receptions, yds, and tds. That reduces the position to an evaluation of only half the skill set required. Couple his blocking with his recently realized receiving potential, and the man definately needs to be paid.

  35. ghostrider says: May 10, 2010 4:46 PM

    @ethan robert… lol, you couldn’t be more off. Did you read the source? No, you didn’t. So here’s a quote from it, re: Davis’ blocking ability…
    “Singletary describes Davis as the best-blocking tight end he has ever seen.”

  36. raybin says: May 10, 2010 4:46 PM

    Thanks for the heads up, Niners fans, I had no idea why I had that impression of Davis. Live and learn!

  37. NinerSean says: May 10, 2010 4:59 PM

    He is tooooo good. It is smart to pay him now because when he has an even better season this year he will be even pricier. With everything he does, he is worth it and a solid Team Captain.
    He deserves it, Niners fans all agree the guy is a beast and just wait for this year … I am salivating!!!

  38. youngtorice says: May 10, 2010 5:18 PM

    # ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 3:45 PM
    OVERrated. Hot dog who can’t block and averages 30 catches per season in his career. Not in the top 20 tight ends of the league at the moment, except in terms of publicity.
    ————————————————
    He’s the best blocking tight end in the league pinhead. That’s all they used him before, that’s why his numbers were low. Know some facts before you spout off!

  39. this class sucks says: May 10, 2010 5:31 PM

    @B-Minus
    He tied the record for TE touchdowns in a season, didn’t break it. Yet.

  40. this class sucks says: May 10, 2010 5:34 PM

    Its an uncapped year, if we do it right we could pay plenty without hurting the team. He brings so much to the offense that I think we need to pay him whatever he feels he is worth. Which in this case doesn’t seem entirely unreasonable.

  41. shaososa says: May 10, 2010 5:39 PM

    I’m not a Niners fan, but no matter what, that is a pretty bad ass photo.

  42. NinerNation says: May 10, 2010 5:49 PM

    ethan robet— You must be a fan of an East Coast team. You don’t know anything about Vernon Davis if you think he can’t block…next time you might want to stay quiet instead of commenting on a subject that you obviously know nothing about.

  43. Sinister79 says: May 10, 2010 6:00 PM

    ghostrider says:
    May 10, 2010 4:46 PM
    @ethan robert… lol, you couldn’t be more off. Did you read the source? No, you didn’t. So here’s a quote from it, re: Davis’ blocking ability…
    “Singletary describes Davis as the best-blocking tight end he has ever seen.”
    ……………………………………………………………………………….
    @ghostrider: I hear you. That statement was so ignorant he must have been fishing. That is like saying P. Manning is inaccurate or Chris Johnson lacks break away speed.

  44. Sinister79 says: May 10, 2010 6:47 PM

    ghostrider says:
    May 10, 2010 4:46 PM
    @ethan robert… lol, you couldn’t be more off. Did you read the source? No, you didn’t. So here’s a quote from it, re: Davis’ blocking ability…
    “Singletary describes Davis as the best-blocking tight end he has ever seen.”
    ……………………………………………………………………………….
    @ghostrider: I hear you. That statement was so ignorant he must have been fishing. That is like saying P. Manning is inaccurate or Chris Johnson lacks break away speed.

  45. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 6:55 PM

    Right, Singletary. Was that the same guy who benched Davis not so long ago?
    Mike Singletary never says anything that is overblown, off the wall, or merely designed to push someone’s buttons. Nosiree.

  46. pooterqb says: May 10, 2010 7:00 PM

    NO PLAYER OF ANY GAME ON ANY TEAM IN ANY SPORT IS WORTH 25 MILLION GUARANTEED! What would Joe Montana be paid now? What about LT, Jerry Rice in his prime? Would they be making 100 million each. This will bankrupt teams and the NFL will not exist. I guess screw the future and “gots ta geat paid naw! A-eight”

  47. DOC1970 says: May 10, 2010 7:18 PM

    Vernon deserves it and he is only getting better.

  48. this class sucks says: May 10, 2010 9:20 PM

    @pooterqb
    Where do you think this money is coming from? $25 Million is nothing to these owners. The budgets for most teams are around $130 Million, and barley any teams make a profit. You are a complete moron.
    @Ethan Robert
    If you choose to stand by your statement, do you have any proof to back it up? Do you have anyway to show that Vernon Davis is a bad blocker? We do know some facts that support the opposite of your view point.
    1. Vernon was called a good blocker by his college coaches.
    2. Vernon was called a good blocker by coach Singletary.
    3. Vernon is one of the stronger players in the NFL.
    4. Vernon played as much as any other TE even in years where he was not putting up good receiving numbers (implying he was good at something. IE: Blocking).
    5. Vernon is often matched up one on one with the opposing teams best pass rusher. If you want to see evidence of this simply watch the last time they played for example Miami 2 years ago when Joey Porter had around 20 sacks, and when they played Jared Allen this season. In both cases VD was matched up with premier pass rushers.
    So there are 5 pieces of evidence to support my statement; “Vernon Davis is a great blocking TE.” do you have anything at all in the fact department that supports your statement to the contrary?

  49. RaiderhateR4Life says: May 11, 2010 12:12 PM

    Play hard, get paid… If this isn’t a statement to the talented pool of rookies the Niners just got I don’t know what is. Good for Willis, and good for VD.

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