It appears he isn’t the only member of the team who feels that way. Tight end Vernon Davis has also been absent from the team’s practices this week and Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that it is also related to his contract.
According to Maiocco, Davis is trying to leverage his absence into a new deal with the team and is apparently willing to forego his $200,000 workout bonus in order to press the issue. Davis has two years left on the six-year, $42.705 million deal he signed with the team in 2010 and is due $9.05 million over that span.
When asked about Davis’ absence, coach Jim Harbaugh would only say that the workouts were voluntary. As with Boone, Davis’ case for an extension at this time is complicated by the team’s need to deal with contracts for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and others closer to the expiration of their deals with the team.