After the Patrick Willis contract extension last week the focus quickly shifted to Vernon Davis getting his own deal done. This prompted me to think about my opinion on the 49ers contract priorities. Part of me (you can call it the Devil on my shoulder if you want) was saying "Vernon Davis is fast and can block...Delanie Walker is fast, maybe he can learn to be a better blocker? Didn't we draft a blocking TE too? Maybe two guys can make up for losing one?"
Yeah, I caught a lot of flack for throwing that idea out there to the 49er faithful. Still, there seems to be two schools of thought on Davis. The "Angel on the other shoulder" would say, "Vernon Davis is a freak. The kind of TE you'll rarely ever see. He is one of the best blockers in the NFL yet he is lightning fast and has good hands."
OK. I locked up the two dudes sitting on my shoulder in a room and I'll get back to them later.
But basically I decided that Vernon Davis was more of a proven talent than Dashon Goldson, who I had ranked right up there with Davis as next in line for a contract extension.
So if the 49ers are to extend Davis, what's the cost?
Seems that his potential deal is being compared to the highest paid TE's in the game (Brent Celek, Dallas Clark, etc.), which begs the question: Is Vernon Davis the best tight end in the NFL?
Now I know that guys don't get the biggest contract because they are the absolute best there is, hands down...but I wanted to just get some of your takes on the subject.
Vernon Davis really came alive in 2009 after being injured and under utilized in previous seasons. The question I would pose to you is do you fully expect a repeat performance (or better) in 2010 and beyond or is it too early to proclaim that Davis has "arrived"?
Will he consistently be one of, if not the best tight end in the league? Does he deserve the largest contract of any TE currently in the league?
I look forward to your responses.