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The offseason contract saga of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has had more twists and turns than a Christoper Nolan film.
Davis, who signed a five-year, $37 million extension in 2010, believes he's outperformed that contract and deserves a raise.
His first course of action was to hold out of OTAs, which cost him $200K in fines. As it regards that decision, Davis told the Jay Mohr Sports radio show (h/t John Breech of CBSSports.com), "At the end of the day, we sometimes have to make a business decision. And my decision is to work out on my own and focus on building my brand."
If "building a brand" involves forfeiting 200K, then Davis made a hell of a decision. But more likely it was a colossal misstep.
And then, earlier this month, Davis penned this for The MMQB:
In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history. Four years later, and I’m playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I’m holding out. It’s all about getting paid what you deserve. It’s not that complicated.
To Davis' credit, he is coming off a season where he recorded 13 touchdown receptions, tied for most in his career (along with 2009). But now, he seems to be backing off the holdout.
Davis recently said this to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News):
I want a new contract. It's just like any athlete, we all 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. If I get it, that's good. It's moving slowly, but surely. At the end of the day, if I don't get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down. If I don't get it at the moment, I'm not going to lose any sleep.
So while it now seems unlikely that Davis will hold out, it remains a possibility.