As Week 3 of the San Francisco 49ers organized team activities nears its it end, Vernon Davis and Alex Boone remain nowhere to be found at the team’s Santa Clara training facility.
On Tuesday after practice, head coach Jim Harbaugh said that he expects to see Davis at next week’s mandatory mini-camp. As CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco explained in an interview on 95.7 The Game with John Lund and Greg Papa (skip to 30-minute mark), there appears to be a much better chance that Davis will show up than the AWOL guard. Both players are dissatisfied with their contract situations.
“I think that Vernon will be there,” said Maiocco of the veteran tight end who has already forfeited a $200,000 workout bonus for skipping practice. Then again, you never know what to expect when it comes to Davis.
“You try to predict Vernon’s next move which is often a futile thing to try to attempt. I would think he would show up. I think he was trying to bring some attention to his situation that he believes he’s not compensated fairly.”
Davis’ claim that he’s not being properly paid is rather tenuous. The 30-year-old still has two seasons left on a six-year deal that is worth $36.75 million. Meanwhile, Maiocco said he would be “surprised’ if Boone makes an appearance.
“As far as Alex Boone, he is underpaid. And not only is he underpaid at the guard-level, but I think that he believes that he could be a very good tackle in the league and tackles get paid more than guards.”
Boone is about to enter the third season of a four-year deal that will net him $6.54 million. The 27-year-old’s agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod are known for “going to extreme measures,” as Maiocco put it. That suggests that Boone could be on his way to a contract holdout.
As Maiocco noted, for Davis and Boone, it’s all about “leverage.”
“I think those guys, if they appear for mandatory mini-camp, they lose their negotiating, they lose their leverage.”
Note: All quotes courtesy of the 95.7 The Game PodCenter.