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Vernon Davis holdout creates distraction for 49ers

Back in 2010, tight end Vernon Davis agreed to a 5-year contract extension worth $37 million of which, $23 million was guaranteed. At the time, Vernon became the highest paid tight end in the league.

Four years later and Vernon has decided to set his foot down, skipping mandatory mini-camp last week to holdout for a new contract. Davis is currently the third highest annually paid TE in football, and could fall to number four on the list after New Orleans Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham gets his case ruled on by an arbitrator.

During camp, Coach Jim Harbaugh noted his displeasure with Vernon’s decision to hold out:

“(It’s) not the decision that I envisioned being the 49er way”

Now the Niners’ biggest rivalry in football, the Seattle Seahawks and public enemy No. 1, cornerback Richard Sherman, have chimed in. During a youth football camp, Sherman said that Vernon should “do what he believes” and that he should “stick to it”.

This is the same Richard Sherman that Vernon Davis said should “shut his mouth and be humble” after calling out Michael Crabtree following the NFC Title game.

Problem is, Vernon agreed to a contract extension with the 49ers, and now he’s holding out for more money at a time when San Francisco doesn’t have much money to spend, especially considering the upcoming expiring contracts of Crabtree and Mike Iupati.

Vernon’s holdout like it or not, has become a distraction, and unless either the 49ers or Vernon cave in, who knows how long the holdout can carry on.

If the 49ers want to win a Super Bowl, they need to be together on the field. This isn’t the 1993 Dallas Cowboys who started the regular season 0-2 thanks to the holdout of running back Emmitt Smith. That Cowboy team won a Super Bowl in 1992, this 49er team hasn’t won a Lombardi Trophy yet, and internal distractions like this, hurt the team.

Hopefully Vernon Davis will heed some of his own advice to “stay humble” and will honor his contract for the good of the team. The less distractions, the better.


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  • trinity

    He should honor the contract because he hasn’t even earned that. throughout the 49ers postseason run last season, Vernon put up 5 catches for 54 yards. Not in one game. in THREE PLAYOFF GAMES, this guy posted a TOTAL of 5 catches for 54 yards. He flat out didn’t show up at the most important time. So he should earn the money he’s making now before he starts asking for even more.

  • Christy

    He should honor his contract after its up then deal when he’s on a team that wins a bowl then he should have some leverage he can’t just give a taste of himself and say I’m worth more now pay me more and I’ll give you the rest.. They paid him already to do that now he needs to give it then maybe he’ll get it..;-)

  • Christy

    How is that man going to hold out when the niners are locked and loaded ready to go with all these weapons most definitely going to the super bowl & Davis has to pull this now? To me it’s like a threat to the whole team not just to the man signing checks.. If one don’t go to the Super bowl none of them go.. All those guys should be helping him find his way back to that field and get his ass to work.he needs to figure it out.. we all have problems and not all of us know the we are going to get paid millions a year to do our job. What ever is problem are I hope he straightens it out but he don’t need to bring the team down with him

  • Theoldsarge

    I would love to be able to sign a contact with Davis for some of his art work, take it home, than tell him he needs to reduce the price since I am a good art lover. Hey Vernon, Deal or no Deal?