Vernon Davis On Holdout: ‘It’s All About Getting Paid’


Vernon Davis went from saying it was about the brand, to saying he’d be at 49ers minicamp, to now saying it’s about principles and getting what you deserve.

Davis filled in for Peter King on TheMMQB this week, and admitted that he is holding out for a new contract.  In explaining his stance, the talented tight end believes he’s outplayed his previous contract and wants to get paid what he deserves.

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. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first. Most of my teammates and many players in the NFL understand that. A few don’t. Behind closed doors, they’ll say they’re all about the team and would run through a brick wall for the organization. But when you look closer, they’re doing things to contradict themselves. I can’t listen to anyone but my family and my advisors, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me.

Davis is under contract for two more seasons, and the 49ers appear to have no intention of signing him to a lucrative contract extension.