The San Francisco 49ers have not begun negotiating a new contract with Vernon Davis, and as a result the All-Pro tight end has yet to show up for work. Davis admitted about a month ago that he has been holding out for money money. Offensive lineman Alex Boone is reportedly doing the same.
According to Pro Football Talk, Davis would not be reporting to mandatory training camp with the Niners if it began today. There is still over a week to go before veterans have to report, but it seems like a legitimate possibility that Davis could miss the start of camp.
The same is true of Boone, as Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that there is “no way” the 27-year-old will show up without a new contract. Boone is an important part of San Francisco’s run blocking scheme, so they would have a tough time filling his role if he held out for an extended period of time.
Boone and Davis are officially in a stalemate with the Niners. They are refusing to show up until they get new contracts, while the team is refusing to negotiate until they show up. The Niners can fine players $30,000 per day for every day that they miss training camp. That’s almost $100,000 every three practices, so you would think that might take its toll on Davis and Boone after a while. We might be surprised.