It was a rough day to be Vernon Davis’ agent.
On Friday, the San Francisco 49ers tight end spoke with D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the status of his contract holdout.
“There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about,” said Davis, who was taking part in a football camp at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He added:
“It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it.”
Davis also suggested that there had been progress in the talks between the sides, and also seemed to imply that he’ll be in Santa Clara when the 49ers open up training camp on July 23.
“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.”
The 30-year-old might not be losing any sleep, but he has lost $270,000 for skipping out on the team’s offseason workouts. He also lost considerable leverage at the negotiating table.
As Davis explained via Ledbetter, he’s rooting for Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints. Graham is angling to get classified as a wide receiver so that he can earn more money with the franchise tag.
“If he passes as a wide receiver, that’s better for the rest of the tight ends. He will have opened a door, a pathway for the rest of the group.”
Graham’s case is unlikely to affect Davis’ status with the 49ers. As Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area noted, the veteran lined up as a tight end 64.5 percent of the time in 2013.