After Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman teed off on 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, tight end Vernon Davis explained that there are times when Sherman should shut up. Davis may like what Sherman is saying now, however.
Sherman said Tuesday that Davis, who has skipped all offseason workouts in San Francisco, should continue to take a stand in order to get a new contract.
“Do what you believe,” Sherman said, via USA Today‘s The Huddle.com, by way of Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “If he believes in what he’s doing, you got to stick to it. You can’t be wishy-washy in this situation. And it sounds like he’s standing his ground.
“So if you’re going to stand your ground, stand your ground. But if you’re going to cave, cave. You can’t stand your ground half the time and then go . . . because that’s when they get you. That’s when you don’t get that deal you want. So I think he’s doing the way he intended. He’s really valuable to his team, so I’m sure they’ll get together on something.”
Of course, if the 49ers won’t talk to Davis until he honors his contract and reports for duty, staying away won’t get this thing solved. And it ultimately will hurt the 49ers, if Davis stands his ground through the preseason and into the regular season. And that ultimately will help the Seahawks.
Sherman’s comments on the Davis situation come at a time when teammate Marshawn Lynch apparently caved on his own desire for a new deal, showing up for a mandatory minicamp last week. It would make sense, then, for some 49ers players to publicly cajole Lynch into taking a stand by boycotting training camp, and perhaps beyond.