"It’s all about getting paid what you deserve."
That was the reason why two-time Pro Bowler Vernon Davis might holdout during training camp. Davis has been terrific since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him with the sixth-overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was an average tight end for the first three years with the 49ers; totaling 103 catches for 1,132 yards and nine touchdowns. Davis began to cement himself as one of the best tight ends in the league in his fourth season; 2009. In the 2009 season, he caught 78 passes for 965 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. That led to him signing a six-year, $42.705 million contract in 2010.
Davis has made it very apparent that he is very frustrated with his contract, according to Davis' article on “Monday Morning Quarterback”.
"In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. 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."
He has shown since he signed that contract that he is playing at a higher level than he was in 2010. His worst season since his contract extension in 2010 was in 2012 when he had 41 catches for 548 yards and five touchdowns. The best way for a player to show that he deserves a pay raise is by having a phenomenal season. Davis did this in 2013 by catching 52 passes for 850 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns in 15 games. Only five tight ends had more receiving yards than Davis and only Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints scored more touchdowns than him. Davis' statistics since 2010 and his great season in 2013 definitely shows that he definitely deserves a contract extension. The problem is that he has not been able to successfully offer a contract extension.
There is no doubt that he has been one of the big reasons why the 49ers have reached the NFC Conference Championship Game the last three years; including a Super Bowl defeat to the Baltimore Ravens. He has been a really good go-to receiver for the 49ers for years. The best thing about Davis is that his consistency helps running back Frank Gore find additional running lanes during games. Davis clearly realizes this and that is why he said he was holding out last month. It is one thing for a player to hold out and miss some June mini-camp practices, but it is another thing for a player to miss some of Training Camp.
According to Mike Florio of NBCSports.com, Davis will most likely not report to training camp if he does not get a deal. This is definitely a big deal because the 49ers can dock him $30,000 for each day. It is unknown what contract Davis is seeking. Davis might use Graham's new four-year, $40 million contract, with $21 million of it guaranteed, as the kind of contract that he is seeking. Davis is scheduled to make $4.7 million next season. It would not be a surprise if he ends up signing a contract that leads to him making at least $8 million next season. Davis is 30-years-old, so this could be his final contract before he inevitably retires.
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