“As the World Turns” was a very popular soap opera, and it feels like a new episode is playing out in San Francisco with Vernon Davis. Just when things seemed like they were on the up with Vernon Davis‘ contract issues, a dark cloud enters the room once again. Last week the San Francisco 49ers‘ Pro Bowl tight end mentioned that he would be in attendance at the team’s mandatory minicamp. In recent news Davis went back on his word about attending the team’s minicamp.
Davis was a guest writer for Peter King‘s MMQB featured on CNNSI.com, and he noted that his plan is to hold out for a larger contract. I understand that Davis wants more money, but when looking at his contract he is being paid at the right market value.
Davis is one of the best players at his position, and he is being paid as the third best tight end in the NFL. Davis’ plan of holding out for more money is selfish on his part knowing that the team has several key players to sign next year. Davis mentioned that he wanted to get what he deserves, but in all reality he is getting what he deserves.
Davis is only behind Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten as far as pay, and you can make an argument that those players mentioned are just as valuable to their team as Davis is to the 49ers.
The roller coaster ride of the Davis’ contract issues is something that the 49ers don’t need, as a quest for the team’s sixth Super Bowl is the key focal point. History shows that in the NFL if you be quiet about finances you get rewarded, and if you complain you don’t get to reap the benefits.
The 49ers know that they need Davis, and Davis knows that he needs them; but he has to realize that the focus of his contract should not be the team’s focal point at this moment. GM Trent Baalke is in a tough place, and it seems like pleasing Davis is easier said than done.