The San Francisco 49ers are on a bit of a roll lately.
On Tuesday, it was announced by the Los Angeles city attorney’s office that Aldon Smith would not be facing charges regarding his April arrest at LA International Airport after mentioning “bomb” during secondary inspection.
Then on Wednesday, an arbitrator ruled against New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who contended that his salary under the franchise tag should be that of a wide receiver and not a tight end.
The difference came out to $5 million, meaning that instead of looking at a franchise tag of $12 million as a wide receiver, Graham will be franchised as a tight end at around $7 million.
The ruling could greatly effect any leverage on the holdout of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.
Davis is currently the third highest annually paid tight end in the league, behind only Dallas’ Jason Witten and New England’s Rob Gronkowski. With today’s ruling, Vernon would keep his third place rank while Jimmy Graham, who many consider to be the second best TE in the league behind Gronk, will rank No. 4 on the salary list at $7 million.
Prior to today’s ruling, Vernon seem to indicate that his holdout may not be an issue after all:
“I want a new contract. But I’m not going to stress over it. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it.
Now with news of the arbitrator’s ruling, perhaps this is the final straw in the Vernon Davis holdout.
Training camp kicks off July 23 for the 49ers, giving Vernon almost three weeks to decide the status of his holdout. Here’s hoping that Vernon Davis will abide by the “49er way” and show up to camp, one less distraction for a team that has a Super Bowl in mind.