Vernon Davis Holding Out Would Be Uncalled For

By Andrew Fisher
Vernon Davis
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Vernon Davis has come a long way since the Mike Singletary ‘can’t play with him’ incident. He was once an under-performing tight end talent, and now he’s one of the best at his position in the NFL. Davis certainly deserves to be paid like a top-tier tight end, which he is. But apparently it’s not enough.

So while this isn’t yet a full blown hold out, it appears Davis could be headed down that road with the San Francisco 49ers.

Everybody wants and needs to get paid. I get that. But I also have a hard time feeling sorry for a guy that’s paid fairly, and who also happens to have two years left on his current deal.

Davis makes an average salary of $7.3 million (according to Spotrac) and he’s set to earn $23 million in guaranteed money over the length of his contract.

It would be one thing if Davis was far and away the best TE in all of football — then maybe he’d have a leg to stand on here. But he’s not the best TE in football. He’s arguably the second or third best, and he’s also set to enter the backside of his career at 30 going on 31.

Holding out in the year leading up to your contract expiring is understandable. Everybody has to get paid. But potentially holding out while making $7 million+ over the next two years? C’mon man.


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