The last time we heard about Vernon Davis and his quest for a new contract, it sounded like the tight end would attend 49ers training camp with or without an extension. However, a source tells Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com that, at the current time, the Pro-Bowler will not be reporting. “At the current time” is key; as Florio points out, the tight end could easily change his mind.
The writer adds that the 49ers will not negotiate with Davis or guard Alex Boone (who is also seeking a new contract) unless the player’s show up to training camp. The team will be allowed to fine the duo $30K for each day missed and could pursue previously paid signing bonuses.
The 30-year-old skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp last month and explained his reasoning on Peter King’s MMQB.com…
“It’s all about getting paid what you deserve,” Davis said. “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.”
The tight end also defended his decision to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…
“It hasn’t been difficult at all,” he said. “There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about. It’s obvious that we want a new contract. I want a new contract. It’s just like any athlete, we all want a new contract. But I’m not going to stress over it.
“It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it. If I get it, that’s good. It’s moving slowly, but surely. At the end of the day, if I don’t get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down. If I don’t get it at the moment, I’m not going to lose any sleep.”