With the 49ers struggling this season and Vernon Davis in the final year of his contract, the veteran tight end has been the subject of trade rumors and speculation, with a Thursday report indicating that Davis was drawing interest around the league. While Davis has heard those rumblings, he tells Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com that he’s trying not to think about the possibility of being dealt by the Niners.
“I’ve been a Niner for 10 years,” Davis said. “This is all I know. It’s really not about me being upset. I understand the nature of the business. It’s a business — it is. If anyone was somewhere for 10 years, they’d be highly upset, highly disappointed.”
Davis, who has been in San Francisco since 2006, is coming off perhaps his worst season with the team, setting or matching career-worst marks by totaling just 245 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 2014. The 31-year-old has been slowed by injuries this season, but he had a solid game on Thursday night against Seattle, and is just two years removed from a Pro Bowl season.
Although it’s not hard to imagine a contender wanting to roll the dice on him at the trade deadline, Davis said his agent has told him not to worry about the possibility, adding that it’s “probably just rumors.” Still, if the Niners decide to move him, the former sixth overall pick recognizes that it’s not personal.
“You have to understand, after all of this, it’s a business,” Davis said. “I have no intention of going anywhere. But sometimes things happen and you just have to be prepared for it. I think anyone would be upset.”
This year’s trade deadline falls on November 3, so the 49ers have less than two weeks to make a decision on Davis.