San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis missed out on the first three days of OTAs, with CSN Bay Area reporting he is dissatisfied with his contract. Earlier today, Davis was doing some promotional work at his Jamba Juice in the South Bay. When word got out about that, it is no surprise the media made their way down to speak with him. Matt Barrows tweeted out this picture of Vernon wearing some fake dreads as he worked the counter:
But Eric Branch was able to get a comment out of Davis. Branch asked Davis if the contract reasoning was accurate. Davis told Branch that his agent said he should not discuss the situation. Branch then asked if Davis would attend the team's mandatory minicamp June 17-19. Davis's response?
"I might be there," he said, smiling. "I might not. It’s mandatory. I probably should be there. We’ll see."
So, there you go. We have a decidedly vague response! Fooch's Update: Matt Barrows added a little bit more to the story.
This all comes after 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh briefly addressed the situation during his segment on KNBR this morning. He does a weekly segment during the regular season, but this was his first check-in with them in some time.
The host asked more about whether it hurt them to miss the OTAs. Harbaugh referenced his point about not discussing contracts, and that OTAs were voluntary. He acknowledged that he has spoken to both players, and then proceeded to move on to the positives of those that actually are in camp. Jed York made a radio appearance later in the day.
At this point, the next step is to see what happens at the mandatory minicamp. The next step will be the opening of training camp. If Davis and/or Boone are at minicamp, I think we'll feel a little better. If they're not there, I grow a little more concerned about a training camp holdout, but we still have to wait and see.