Vernon Davis Says Holding Out From San Francisco 49ers ‘Really Hurt’
In the end, all Vernon Davis just thought about his teammates.
“It was a very easy decision,” said Davis of his decision to show up for the San Francisco 49ers training camp.
“You know, all you have to do is think about the team. That’s what I did, I thought about my teammates. Especially some of the guys like Frank Gore, guys that are on their last contract, their last end of their contract.”
“Guys who I’d die for.”
Davis refused to characterize his decision as a mistake.
“You know what, at the time, sometimes things happen.”
“At the moment, I can’t really speak for that moment because as I said, right now I’m just focused on training camp.”
The veteran tight end said it was painful to stay away during the team’s offseason program.
“Any time that I’m away from these guys, I’m hurting. I’m hurting. It really hurt me to be away from this group because we have such a special group. Definitely have a playoff team and we definitely want to get back to where we left off.”
Davis’ wallet was hurting, as well. The ill-fated holdout cost Davis $270,000 in fines. So, was it worth it?
“Was it worth it? Uhh. I just love playing football.”
The 30-year-old explained that’s he not thinking about his contract situation.
“You know what, that’s in the past. I’m not really worried about the contract. That’s between the team and my agent?
Davis wouldn’t discuss whether the two sides are currently negotiating.
“That’s between the team and my agent, at the moment. My focus is out here, trying to get better.”
You can watch part of the interview with Vernon Davis right here.