Jim Harbaugh calls out Davis, Boone for skipping mandatory minicamp

AP

For the voluntary portion of the offseason program, coaches can’t say anything about a player’s decision to not volunteer his services.  For the lone, three-day mandatory minicamp, it’s open season on those who choose to violate their contracts and not attend.

It’s no surprise, then, that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh opted to publicly chastise tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone for not showing up the team’s annual mandatory camp.

“I’m disappointed in that decision for them not to be here,” Harbaugh said Tuesday, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.  “As a voluntary segment to the offseason and we appreciate those guys volunteering to make the team better.  Now, it’s mandatory and wish they could’ve . . . [it’s] not the decision I envision being the 49er way.”

The 49ers way goes the way of the dodo bird, however, when it comes to the ways a guy gets paid.  The players have the ability to skip the camp if they’re willing to give up $70,000 in the hopes of getting more on the back end via new contracts.

Ultimately, that’s the real question.  Will the so-called 49er way entail rewarding Davis and/or Boone with new contracts based on their decision to withhold services in a way that violates the letter of their current obligations?

If not, Davis and Boone eventually will have to decide whether they want to take what they can get, or whether they are willing to sit out through training camp and perhaps beyond.

67 responses to “Jim Harbaugh calls out Davis, Boone for skipping mandatory minicamp

  1. Headlines are consistently dominated by niners, at some level, whining and complaining.

  2. All this stuff that has happened to the 49ers all started after the @ss kicking they received from the Seahawks. Learn to take your whippings like men.

  3. Adrian Peterson has never missed a voluntary workout. Neither has Peyton Manning. The best want to be the best. If I had my own team there wouldn’t be any room for a guy like Vernon Davis or Alex Boone.

  4. Good for Jim. Most coaches say they understand it’s business, like his brother did with Rice two years ago. I really dislike Davis and always have and I hope the 9ers don’t even talk to him until he shows up and then fine hm when he does. I just don’t understand agreeing to a contract and then halfway through, quit work until they pay you more. Show up loser and prove you deserve it. How many rings you have Davis? None. And that’s how many your will end up with in your career with your attitude. The 9ers are one of the more talented teams in the league but it is players like Davis who make it so they can’t get over the hump.

  5. Good for Harbaugh.

    After watching ESPN’s E60 Patrick Willis, I will never respect another player that holds out and takes what he has for granted.

    That 12 minute video will 100% change your mind about football players…forever.

  6. I wish I could flush $70,000 down the toilet.
    Man, these guys are so rich they can just toss this kind of money away.

  7. That both players want more money is understandable to me. What is not is the fact there is NOT enough money left in the pot for them – and, if I know that from sitting way out here, they sure as hell must know it too. The art of knowing when to pick your fight escaped both.

    This collection of 49er top dogs do not deviate from their “value system” for anybody at any time – period! This will get interesting down the road.

  8. Hasn’t the coach also been whining behind the scenes about his contractual situation? If so, he seems to be throwing a few too many stones from his glass house.

  9. This is the part that equalizes the league. Dominate teams end up having players who can get paid more elsewhere, and would rather be on a losing team making more than a winning team but less money in their pocket.

    In the end its what goes into each person’t pocket.

  10. Harbaugh should just keep his mouth shut. This is between the players and management. He needs to have these guys run thru walls for him if/when they return so he should be smart enuf to not speak on the subject and play good cop while Baalke plays bad cop. Nothing good can come out of his 2 cents on the subject.

  11. This is complete speculation on my part, but I just have to wonder if some of these guys decide whether or not to hold out based on the caliber of competition for their positions, which only their close friends on the team “hint” to them about during and after what they’ve seen/played with during OTAs.

    To be personally honest, and I AM a person of integrity, but if my close friend had a chance of getting a new contract (or not), I’d let them know if someone else were close to replacing them at a cheaper rate. If there was virtually no quality competition for their spot, then I’d probably let them know that as well. Just idle chit-chat between friends, of course.

  12. Then talk about how you are disappointed in your GM for negotiating a contract that inevitably was likely to end up as it is ending up. He did this, don’t blame the players!!

  13. This is the difference between a team where players do not trust the FO and a team where players do trust the FO.

    In San Fran they have to hold out because they don’t trust their FO and then you get coaches like Harblow that call them out.

    In Seattle you have players that trust their FO because their FO earns their trust and their respect. Proof? Marshawn Lynch reported today because he has trust that the FO will renegotiate for his benefit. And ya know what? They will, because he’s earned it and more.

  14. It´s only allowed to stay away from team activities (even midseason) if you like alcohol more than your team and proof that with some DUIs. A bad joke at the airport doesn´t hurt either. Boone and Davis just don´t get it.

  15. Does this surprise me about Vernon ? noooooo
    it does not…boone does surprise me .he went undrafted 49ers developed him and just gave him a contract extension… Now fans can get to understand that these guys are about the money..The players are paid by us!! the fan who really believes their team is only trying to get better to win a superbowl..And that’s why I like watching rookies get their start…And by the way good going lynch for showing up… wish I could sat that about boone and Vernon….

  16. geejon says:Jun 17, 2014 5:16 PM

    Harbaugh should just keep his mouth shut. This is between the players and management. He needs to have these guys run thru walls for him if/when they return so he should be smart enuf to not speak on the subject and play good cop while Baalke plays bad cop. Nothing good can come out of his 2 cents on the subject.

    So, a HEAD COACH who’s job it is to win otherwises he loses his job should have no opinion on a good lineman and a Top 5 in the league TE missing a mandatory camp?

  17. I don’t recall a player holding out and ever getting his money..take there money for real harbaugh

  18. Shame on you harbs. These players need to capitalize when they can. The team can cut them anytime they want with zero repercussion to their wallets.

  19. Apparently the admin of this blog is 9ers fan. You can’t say anything remotely negative about that team on here without getting your comment removed. What a joke. Just like Harbaugh and the 9ers

  20. I don’t understand Davis. He’s the second highest paid TE? Besides, they both have 2 years left. They have no leverage. They should take a page out of Crabtree and his rookie year. I don’t have the niners budging

  21. VD is a very good player and he is being paid as such. He is already one of the three highest paid TE’s in the league. His production is mid-high, but certainly not top tier. He isn’t heard from much in the 4th quarter and the crucial ‘move the sticks’ third down balls go to Anquan…not him. What he sees in his future is obvious….the Niners are absolutely loaded at the skill positions….there are only so many balls to go around….his numbers will undoubtedly drop from last season. He is all about the VD brand, sadly not exhibiting team first so much. Every player absolutely deserves to be paid what he is worth…..the thing that VD must realize is that he is being paid exactly what he is worth and then some. The guy who absolutely deserves a significant increase in pay is Boone….VD needs to get in line….he is nowhere near the 49ers top priority when it comes to renegotiating contracts….Crabtree is ahead of him in line too. I sure hope he shows up for Training Camp, otherwise, I really feel bad for those who bought stock in him….that stock is becoming less and less valuable by the day. Get to work and earn that fat contract you signed no too long ago! Go Niners!

  22. I myself want VD to get the money. I love to beat Whiners at full strength! Oh, I forgot, you still have Kap throwing the ball…..”Never Mind”………………GO HAWKS!!

  23. They either honor their current contract they signed or cut their butts. Nobody held a gun to their heads to get them to agree to the contracts.

  24. fivetimechamps49 says:

    The “49er way” has turned into three NFC championship games in a row and a super bowl. The rest of you haters can pipe down now
    ===================================

    The Super Bowl is all that matters. Dallas has won one more recently than SF.

  25. Davis wants to play with Russell Wilson anyway… I say keep your stance Vernon and let the Seahawks pick you up — ok ok, I’m back to reality…. Who cares… He’s mediocre at best…. Lol kidding (you 49er people are so uptight, geeze) – 49ers will do whatever they have to do to keep this quality receiver… All will be fine

  26. Added note for good measure… By the way, lynch showed up for his camp even though he wants more green too. Guess Lynch figured 70K will buy a lot of turkey’s to hand out to his community at thanksgiving and Christmas time!!!!

  27. Lucca Brasi put a gun to his head and said “Either your brains or your signature will be on the contract,”

  28. Ok, to all those saying that the player signed a contract, the player should honour it…
    What about teams that cut players or make them take pay cuts before their contract ends?
    I’m just wondering. Leave your response

  29. firerogergoodell says:
    Jun 17, 2014 5:04 PM
    “Adrian Peterson has never missed a voluntary workout. Neither has Peyton Manning. The best want to be the best. If I had my own team there wouldn’t be any room for a guy like Vernon Davis or Alex Boone.”

    Didn’t Peterson miss for that Adrian Peterson day thing they were having in Texas a while back?

  30. How many teams have won a SB more recently than SF???

    20??? 25?? 30???

    Wow.

    NOT RELEVANT

  31. Ok to those who say “Ok, to all those saying that the player signed a contract, the player should honour it…
    What about teams that cut players or make them take pay cuts before their contract ends?”

    That’s the language of the contract they signed. That’s how guaranteed money works! It’s not as if the team has any more advantage than what is negotiated as part of the contract. That concept seems to be overlooked by many.

  32. Davis has two years left on a five year contract – in which he is already one of the highest paid TEs.

    Probably sees his production declining with an improved receiving corps at SF as well as the drafting of a TE (Vance McDonald) last year.

    Around nine years in the league and not getting any younger, probably just hoping for a nice fat sunset contract to retire in four-five years.

    49ers have plenty of options should he continue the holdout. I think it was a bad move on Davis and his agent.

  33. Listening to the fans of the reigning NFL champs you would think the Niners are consistently considered amongst the worst teams and organizations in football. Is it just total insecurity (or perhaps the fact that you have never been a champ before) that causes so many of you to continually express ignorance regarding the Niners rank amongst those who really know football? Try to remember that your days on that throne are numbered…that’s just the way it is.

  34. I’m just wondering. Leave your response

    The argument that players can get cut any time is false when it comes to these holdouts.

    First these elite players all got huge signing bonuses that they don’t have to give back cut or not and two, the team gets a cap hit cut or not so if a player wants a new contract he should give back the pro rated bonus and don’t ask for another.

    Teams have to answer to the other 52 guys at the start of the season. Dealing with greed can’t be much fun.

  35. You knew this was going to happen after they dumped a bunch of money on an un-proven QB.
    Not that they can’t bail on him if he doesn’t play up to the contract. Or if they see a QB they like better in a future draft.
    Regardless, noses will be bent out of shape. Feelings will be hurt…

  36. Yet, a team’s FO can decide to reduce a players salary and/or cut the player before the end of their so-called contract. Until a better system is in place, meaning year to year deals or fully guaranteed contracts, a players only leverage is to hold out.

  37. “May be the players forgot the niners moved 50 miles away ţo santa clara”

    Take it from someone that grew up in the Bay Area, Santa Clara is a very forgettable place.

    Unless you are into Great America.

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