If 49ers tight end Vernon Davis hopes to build his brand by generating news stories based on sharply conflicting signals, mission accomplished.
Last week, Davis said he plans on being at the team’s mandatory minicamp. His plans apparently have changed.
While not addressing the issue directly in his guest post for Peter King, with Davis explaining why he’s holding out but not addressing the upcoming three-day event, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, at this point, the safe bet is that Davis won’t be attending.
While the mixed messages from Davis don’t make much sense, his failure to show up would mesh with his now-stated desire for a new deal. After already giving up a $200,000 workout bonus, what’s another $70,000 in fines for not coming to the mandatory practices?
It remains to be seen whether the withholding of offseason services will persuade the 49ers to give Davis a new deal, and whether he’ll show up for training camp without one.
It’s likely safe to say that, whatever Davis does, the contradictory statements and reports and clues will continue.