Vernon Davis had said that he was going to go into mandatory training camp to start out the season with the San Francisco 49ers, but it seems that those plans have changed. He plans on holding out from minicamp in order to get a new contract.
Here are his thoughts from Peter King’s MMQB:
“In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed,” Davis writes. “It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history. Four years later, and I’m playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I’m holding out. It’s all about getting paid what you deserve. It’s not that complicated. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first. Most of my teammates and many players in the NFL understand that. A few don’t. Behind closed doors, they’ll say they’re all about the team and would run through a brick wall for the organization. But when you look closer, they’re doing things to contradict themselves. I can’t listen to anyone but my family and my advisors, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me.”
Davis believes that he should be getting paid more because he is playing at a higher level than he was when he signed his first this contract. Sounds like it makes sense. When he starts to slow down in skills, will he give the team back some money?
He still has a couple of years on his current deal. He signed this deal. If he wanted a contract to work like that, then he should have signed for a shorter contract back in the day.