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Vernon Davis still wants a new deal

Vernon Davis AP

After skipping the offseason program, losing a $200,00 workout bonus and subjecting himself to up to $70,000 in fines for skipping a mandatory minicamp, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis decided to stop the financial bleeding by showing up for training camp.

Per a league source, his decision to show up for training camp was influenced by multiple factors, including but not limited to $30,000 per day in fines and, after five days, partial signing bonus forfeiture.

The source says Davis still wants a new contract, and he’s “definitely” not OK with proceeding absent a raise.  The team reportedly won’t negotiate with players who are holding out.

It’s possible one specific type of negotiation already has occurred.  It’s common for teams to waive fines when a holdout ends, and it’s just as common for no one to talk about it.  It’s a point Hines Ward recently made on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, regarding his own 2005 holdout, which lasted until the middle of August.

As to Davis, no one is saying anything.  And perhaps all that that implies.

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42 Responses to “Vernon Davis still wants a new deal”
  1. trailbreaker77 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:43 PM

    I’d say give him and extension not a new deal.

  2. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:44 PM

    First of all, all in house problems should be kept just that, IN HOUSE. Going on the media circuit was a horrible way to handle business and ultimately proved to be futile. Glad he finally woke up.

    As for Boone, he has no leverage and should he continue to skip camp I see no reason to not let him flounder.

  3. sb44champs says: Jul 23, 2014 12:45 PM

    Graham > Davis

  4. skoobyfl says: Jul 23, 2014 12:45 PM

    In this rare instance, VD is good.

  5. notan9ner says: Jul 23, 2014 12:51 PM

    Heres the deal Vernon,

    Act like a man and do you job then you will get paid.

  6. ariani1985 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:52 PM

    Garbage Graham < Davis and Rudolph

  7. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jul 23, 2014 12:53 PM

    Unless he doesn’t.

  8. Marshawn Lunch says: Jul 23, 2014 12:54 PM

    “Graham > Davis”

    —————

    Graham is WAY over-rated and was completely shut down, twice, against the Seahawks last season. I’d rather have Davis on a team than Graham (if I had only those two to choose from).

  9. garyridgway says: Jul 23, 2014 12:56 PM

    Get as much as you can vern dog. U never know when Kam Chancellor is going to end your career

  10. robert831 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:57 PM

    Give him an extension with a small raise and pay Boone he is vastly underpaid. Get it down and smash the arrogant classless seahawks for all us. i used to not have a problem with Seattle, but now they have made haters out of the entire league.

  11. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 23, 2014 1:03 PM

    Davis wants a new deal and I want a pony. You were made the highest paid TE at the time you signed your deal. Shut up and play. Nobody is going to give a guy who is on the down slope of his career a new deal.

  12. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jul 23, 2014 1:04 PM

    Of course he should get a new deal. Pound for pound, he’s a better player than Graham and doesn’t go missing when it matters.

    (Not a 9ers fan, btw)

  13. senoreno says: Jul 23, 2014 1:07 PM

    Graham is a big talker…he is overrated, and can’t do anything when out muscled. It’s also why he’s a terrible blocker

  14. themilliondollarbackfield says: Jul 23, 2014 1:07 PM

    It’s funny how kam is always used against Vernon yet Eric Reid and Whitner together had more big hits in their career then kam lol
    He made a good hit on someone still catching the ball ? Lol I’ve seen Vernon run over people without looking. So your point is invalid

  15. thegrigga49 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:10 PM

    Alex Boone has absolutely zero leverage. We have 3 young capable hungry players ready to pounce if Boone stays away. I really wouldn’t mind seeing Joe Looney get a crack at it. He has a real nasty streak that would fit well with the line. Looney and A Davis could play extremely well on the right side.

  16. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 23, 2014 1:12 PM

    Graham is overrated compared to Davis because he was shut out by the Seahawks twice last season? LOL

    Ironically Graham had more receiving yards and the same # of TD’s than Davis did in his 2 games against the Seahawks. Niner fans are always amusing.

  17. sourdoughsam says: Jul 23, 2014 1:13 PM

    I’m good with extending Vernon. Thought the holdout during the Spring was silly, but I’m glad he showed up to camp. Hopefully the front office can keep him on-board through the end of his career. And I get why Boone thinks he is worth more than his current salary, but he needs to understand that it’s not in the organization’s best interest to give him a raise when they have younger, cheaper options ready to take his place.

  18. decon49 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:14 PM

    Start showing up in the big games and earn it…and kam didn’t knock him out. Watch the replay he laid a hell of a hit on him but he popped right back up

  19. clssylssy says: Jul 23, 2014 1:15 PM

    LOL…all the hate for the Champs and people don’t seem to get that part of the secret of their success is they value the work on the field and pay their players for their merit. Vernon Davis has been a critical playmaker for the 9ers and should get paid. Whether the 9ers truly do possess the class they boast of and pay him better than JG will remain to be seen.

  20. guiness17 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:18 PM

    Another indicator of just how badly the owners won the last round of CBA negotiations. Mid-tier guys are have been taking pay cuts left and right, now top flight players no longer dare hold out.

  21. skum01 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:23 PM

    He probably wants a pony too, but he’s not going to get one. Giving new deals t0 30 year old tight ends is not good business practice.

  22. ghost26 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:24 PM

    Alex Boone has absolutely zero leverage. We have 3 young capable hungry players ready to pounce if Boone stays away. I really wouldn’t mind seeing Joe Looney get a crack at it. He has a real nasty streak that would fit well with the line. Looney and A Davis could play extremely well on the right side.

    thegrigga49,

    One of the main strengths of the Niners is their O-line & Boone has turned into a very good player. As a fan you may not like it but clearly he’s earned a raise. However Vernon Davis is different story b/c he’s already the highest paid TE in terms of guaranteed money so I’m not sure what he’s complaining about.

  23. stonecitysharks says: Jul 23, 2014 1:31 PM

    Can anyone say “money manager”

  24. ghost26 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:32 PM

    Grigga49,

    With that said Boone is NOT going to pass up $2 Million in salary plus another $200,000 in the form of a roster bonus so eventually he’ll cave.

  25. ghost26 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:34 PM

    guiness17 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:18 PM

    Another indicator of just how badly the owners won the last round of CBA negotiations. Mid-tier guys are have been taking pay cuts left and right, now top flight players no longer dare hold out.

    Guiness,

    Jamaal Charles is most likely going to hold out & I don’t blame him. RB’s have short shelf lives.

  26. fansrus says: Jul 23, 2014 1:41 PM

    I’m all for letting players renegotiate. But, whatever the sport, probably more baseball and basketball than football, management should then gave the same option. Have you seen how many MLBers are hitting right around .200 and playing full time? There is no accountability there. Football is different because contracts are generally not guaranteed. Still…

  27. juliusanonymous says: Jul 23, 2014 1:51 PM

    I gotta admit, it’s been hilarious watching Niner fans talk all offseason about how Seattle can’t afford sustained success because players will want to get paid… and then watching the Niners fall apart due to salary issues. Too funny.

  28. csbanter says: Jul 23, 2014 1:58 PM

    49ers are right in holding a firm stance with Davis. Once the fines start players quickly come to their senses.

  29. paythevig says: Jul 23, 2014 2:25 PM

    juliusanonymous says:
    Jul 23, 2014 1:51 PM
    I gotta admit, it’s been hilarious watching Niner fans talk all offseason about how Seattle can’t afford sustained success because players will want to get paid… and then watching the Niners fall apart due to salary issues. Too funny.

    _________

    Who’s falling apart? The cap is very well managed. This team’s strategy of doing their homework, placing values on the skillsets that suit their needs and staying firm with their assessment has ensured that blue-chip players are taken care of.

    What’s funny is reading comments from Seattle fans on every single story that’s been posted about the 49ers. Every story. All the time.

    And what sort of posts?? Top 5:

    5. Kam tackled Vernon Davis really hard!! wow
    4. Russle Wilson is the greatest human being of his generation.
    3. San Francisco can’t beat Seattle in Seattle!! (when did Seattle last beat San Francisco in San Francisco?)
    2. We won the super bowl! Please respect us! We swear we’ve been fans since we were in the old AFC division. Promise!
    1. Boy that Russle Wilson is something.

  30. MikeisWise says: Jul 23, 2014 2:42 PM

    And this is a case where a guy is just getting greedy and not thinking of his team’s cap situation. Isn’t he already a top 3 paid TE in the league?

  31. nosleeptilsb says: Jul 23, 2014 2:43 PM

    Lets play Deal or no Deal. The object is avoid the briefcase with Kams fist in it.

  32. juliusanonymous says: Jul 23, 2014 2:44 PM

    Yeah, because Davis and Boone aren’t blue-chip players. LOL.

    Oh, and yeah the Seahawks have only had fans for a few years. That’s why when Candlestick Park was a ghost-town back in the late 1970’s, the Seahawks were selling out and the 12th Man was going strong, already making so much noise that the NFL passed the noise rule to try to stop us. I have family in the Bay Area and saw it first-hand when we went to a Niners game – literally a few thousand people in Candlestick, and the Niners were considered the Montreal Expos of the NFL. It’s a laugh-riot when Niners hypocritically try to claim Seahawk fans are fairweather. Y’all didn’t have any fans before 1982 or after 1994. Before 2012, all you saw in SF were Giants and Raiders jerseys. At the game I attended in Oct 2011, every Niner “fan” in Candlestick were watching the Giants playoff series and wearing Giants gear. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  33. mdd913 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:02 PM

    Vernon Davis is so much better than Graham that he’s been playing 8 seasons and his career totals are barely higher than Graham in just seasons.

    397 catches, 5201 yards, 53 TD’s in 8 seasons.

    vs.

    301 catches, 3863 yards, 41 TD’s in 4 seasons.

    Oh but let me guess Graham is a terrible blocker, right? Wrong. He had better blocking grades in 2013 than starting TE’s (deep breath, here we go): Jordan Cameron, Coby Fleener, Julius Thomas, Charles Clay, Greg Olsen, Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Heath Miller, Brandon Pettigrew, Ed Dickson, Jermaine Gresham and Lance Kendricks. And oh yeah, what’s that name in the bottom 10 of pass blocking % among tight ends, it ain’t Jimmy Graham though, it’s Vernon Davis.

    True story folks.

  34. paythevig says: Jul 23, 2014 3:11 PM

    Davis is a Blue Chip and is under contract for two more years… His current deal had him paid as the highest paid TE in history. So yea, taken care of. Boone’s a great player but when there’s only so many players to get paid/extended; those whose contracts expire after this season are more important than others – including Boone himself who’s still under contract for a few more years.

    Also, do some homework. As of 2012 the 49ers are 11th overall, and 4th in the NFL with sellout streaks, trailing only the packers, skins and broncos.

    Yes, your fanbase is loud. In a stadium designed specifically to amplify noise, not really much of an acheivement.

    Keep chirping though. Another 9ers article should be on the way soon enough.

  35. voiceofrealism says: Jul 23, 2014 3:24 PM

    If you can afford to skip the offseason and lose $270,000 by choice, you make enough money.

  36. donnymacjack says: Jul 23, 2014 3:32 PM

    The guy wants to pressure the 49ers into trading him to the Seahawks so he doesn’t have to worry about being leveled by Kam Chancellor twice a year.

  37. fiverings37 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:40 PM

    win something first.

  38. adderal says: Jul 23, 2014 4:29 PM

    paythevig says: The most intelligent thing Ive ever read on here. Julius is a tool and an embarrassment to Hawk fans but to be fair he’s also a liar and really stupid.

    Comparing Davis to Graham based on how they each performed against Seattle is stupid as Seattle shuts down every teams tight end. Kind of like when the number 1 rush D any given year goes up against AP or any top running back that running back is shut down that game no matter what they do to every other team. Always has been that way and always will

  39. lowdownmofo says: Jul 23, 2014 5:23 PM

    And Harbaugh STILL wants his cake!

  40. lurch61 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:24 PM

    Just what good is signing a contract anyway if you do not intend to honor it> Go out show by your play that you are worth more than the CURRENT contract and maybe you will get a better one.

  41. donnymacjack says: Jul 23, 2014 7:15 PM

    Normally I would say if a guy signs a contract he needs to shut the heck up and honor it. And this should go both ways…player and team.

    But in the NFL it doesn’t work that way. A player signed a 4 year XXX millions of dollars. Two years into it he has a down year or the contract will cost the team a large hit against the salary cap. So what does the team do? They release the player and own him nothing. So if the team doesn’t have to honor the commitment they signed why should the player?

    Frankly both sides need fixing. When a contract is signed everyone needs to honor that contract regardless.

  42. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 23, 2014 7:37 PM

    Pay the man.

    Without him Kap would have been even worse the last two years.

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