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Golden Nuggets: Vernon's new motivation

Saturday, August 1, 2015 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

Good morning, Faithful. One of the most surprising things about the disappointing 2014 season, was the play of Vernon Davis. During the recent playoff runs of the 49ers, Vernon was one of the key factors, but was a complete non-factor after the first game against Dallas last year. A lot of people, including myself, figured that this was due to his holdout and just the general oddness of the last season. However, I never thought of the possibility that it might not have been all his idea to hold out.

In an interview yesterday, Vernon admitted that he had a financial advisor that was advising him to hold out for a new contract. However, after a while he realized that his love for the game was actually his main motivation and he eventually fired the advisor. This does make a lot of sense, because all of his branding initiatives seemed to come out of nowhere and I had never really heard him mention any of that before last season.

Either way, if he really has regained his true motivation for the game and that ends up leading to a productive season this year, it will be a huge boost for the team.

Onto the links from the day

Vernon Davis arrives at 49ers training camp no longer motivated by money (Barrows)

49ers notes: Center Daniel Kilgore has setback; rookie Arik Armstead impresses (Barrows)

NaVorro Bowman’s Road to Recovery Continues at 49ers Training Camp (Fann)

Super Bowl or bust? Still? Veteran 49ers take aim at NFL history (Inman)

Colin Kaepernick Just Gave Us 10 Reasons to Be Excited about 49ers Training Camp (Emerick)

8 San Francisco 49ers in Need of Standout Training Camp Performance (Panacy)

Boone shifts sides to replace Iupati on 49ers O-line (Maiocco)

After Year of Waiting, 49ers' Brandon Thomas is Ready to Play (Williams)

San Francisco 49ers: Top Players for Each Uniform Number, 76-99 (Knowles)