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Vernon Davis puts his foot in his mouth

Vernon Davis is holding out for a new contract. Most people don’t know this, because he’s kept it very quiet. He’s only written an article about his contract status in Cat Fancy Sports Illustrated’s MMQB and done interviews with ESPN, TLC, CNBC, 95.7 The Game, Bravo and now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The AJC interview is the most recent, and perhaps the most confusing. That’s saying a lot, especially considering how he uttered the following to ESPN before 49ers minicamp: “My foot could get stuck in the grass, and I may not be able to get out … but if it’s mandatory, I think I should be there.”

Jim Harbaugh Vernon DavisBefore we get to the AJC stuff from earlier today … has anyone ever gotten their foot stuck in grass before? Quicksand — absolutely. Mud — rarely, but it can happen. Grass? Maybe when a big snake that’s hiding in there decides to bite your foot and won’t let go (which happens ALL THE TIME).

Let’s go through Davis’ answer to D. Orlando Ledbetter’s (which is a great name) first question (“How difficult has it been dealing with your contract situation?”) piece by piece and see if we can figure out what the hell Davis is trying to say.

“It hasn’t been difficult at all. There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about.”

He may be laying it on a little thick by effectively saying “I’m chillin'” three times, but so far, so good. He doesn’t want the 49ers to think he’s getting antsy, and truth be told he’s probably pretty happy to skip all these offseason workouts as he heads into his ninth NFL season.

“It’s obvious that we want a new contract. I want a new contract. It’s just like any athlete, we all want a new contract.”

The word “we” is always nice to use when conversing about athletic endeavors, but Davis quickly corrected himself after using it in regards to his contractual desires. Instead of “any athlete,” Davis probably should’ve said “many athletes.” I can think of a few who are more than happy with their current contracts (cough … Matt Cain … ahem … Albert Pujols … burp … Kobe Bryant).

“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.”

I love how Davis is treating the prospect of a new contract with the 49ers like it’s a coupon for 25 cents off a package of Kraft singles. His representatives probably don’t love Davis’ “no worries” attitude, though.

“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.”

If Davis doesn’t get “the deal,” that would mean he put his foot down … before picking it up and running a wheel route.

Some people want to say this isn’t Fantex-related, or it’s only partially Fantex-related. I think this is 5% Vernon-had-a-good-2013-and-wants-to-cash-out-now-that-the-Niners-have-actual-receivers-related and 95% Fantex-related. They gave him $4 million, which means even after losing workout bonuses from missing OTAs and getting fined for missing minicamp, he’s still more comfortable financially at this point than he would’ve been if he had maximized what he could earn from the 49ers this offseason and never signed with Fantex.

Davis’ current contract was front-loaded, and as a 30-year-old with multiple concussions it’s clear why he’d like to land one last huge contract before his career takes a sudden turn for the worse. But he’s making decent money, his contract lasts another season after this one, and it doesn’t seem like Davis’ heart is really into this holdout. Oh well, Fantex is getting tons of free publicity. Just look at all those athletes lining up to have their own IPOs after seeing how smoothly it’s gone with Vernon…

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coredump
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Even casual observers can see this isn’t a good look.
Good on him for looking after his future financially, but the Vernon Show may have jumped the shark.

Spartan Sports Guy
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This contract originally made him the highest paid tight end ever, when he wasn’t the best tight end in the league, much less “ever.” He wasn’t too worried about being fairly compensated then, so he shouldn’t be now. You signed, now fulfill.

RonaldRupert
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RonaldRupert

Let him play out his contract, and then let him walk, they have enough TE’S to take over, and are younger.

retiredinnapa
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retiredinnapa

Spartan Sports Guy  Vernon is Rickey Henderson 2.0.

Pulgas de Brent Burns
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Unless you’re disgustingly underpaid, holding out for a new contract with two years left is absurd. Maybe he should try to do a little more in big games against the Seahawks. 

Always been a fan of the guy, but the dude is losing the PR battle badly.

EliDrabman
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Okay, I’m gonna stick up for my facebook friend, Vernon Davis.  Let the man handle his darn business however he sees fit.  And c’mon, BASG, you critiquing the way a tight end expresses himself verbally is like him critiquing your abs or how fast you can run.  The man makes his living getting the crap beat out of him (including last year’s infamous “package grab,” and the concussions you mention), so let him get paid for that.  When it comes down to it, though, pro sports, and maybe especially football, is a cut-throat business.  But somehow you’re going to single… Read more »
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Bay Area Sports Guy EliDrabman  Yeah, you’re right.  I was conflating your comments with those of Spartan Sports Guy, below.  He suggests that Davis somehow doesn’t deserve the kind of money he’s holding out for.  That’s pretty much the sentiment I’ve been reading elsewhere as well, that he’s not a team player because he’s holding out for more money (unethically choosing self over team).   But I still think you’re being a bit unfair.  Yeah, the softness of his comments is a little funny, but do you really not know what he means when he says he’s afraid of getting his… Read more »
Spartan Sports Guy
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My whole point is Vernon had no problem taking more money than he was worth, and that is the amount he is signed to now. All of a sudden he’s not cool with that amount now that the market dictates he’s slightly underpaid? His hold out is detrimental to the team and a raise wouldn’t help keep other guys under contract, so as much as I love VD he deserves some criticism.

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