According to CSN Bay Area Sports, the San Francisco 49ers have negotiated a contract with T Anthony Davis, that contains what is called “de-escalators,” in his contract. The “de-escalators” is a philosophy that is sometimes used to motivate a player to perform up to his potential. In Davis’ case, his “de-escalators,” is tied to his weight, meaning Davis will need to maintain his current physique, year in and year out, in order to maximize his contract.
That should not be a problem with Davis, as he is a beast in the weight room year around. I know this first hand, because I see him at the gym pumping iron like no one’s business. Also, he gets his cardio in by playing basketball in the off-season with QB Colin Kaepernick, CB Chris Culliver, ILB NaVorro Bowman, ILB Patrick Willis, and sometimes WR Michael Crabtree.
One of the main reasons the 49ers added the “de-escalator” was to ensure Davis would not become content, now that he is financially set. Often times, you will see NFL players, especially lineman, come to training camp overweight or out of shape. Some prime examples include, DT Albert Haynesworth, OT Andre Smith, and OT Bryant McKinnie.
However, despite these “de-escalators,” I do not see it being a problem for Davis, as he is out to prove he is one of the best right tackles in the game.