49ers’ TE Vernon Davis says holdout was “Just the nature of the game.”

Jeff Chiu/AP

Jeff Chiu/AP

When San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis decided to skip both voluntary OTAs and minicamp that quickly turned into a national debate. A player that had two years remaining on his current contract while being the fourth highest paid player at his position, the holdout was unexpected and surprising. Davis who teamed up with Fantex, Inc. in hopes of creating a life for himself after football, talked about his holdout by saying he needed to protect his “brand.”

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

From Davis’ standpoint I can see where he’s coming from. He’s 30-years old and the opportunity to strike a new deal when his current one expires is highly unlikely as he will be 32. However, a contract is a contract and both sides agreed to the terms which is why I believed Davis should have honored it.


Today, Davis spoke on his lengthy holdout as he spoke with the 49ers beat writers. And while Davis seemed calm, cool, and collected, the questions were not, as many questions needed to be answered. He was asked by San Jose Mercury News Tim Kawakami if it was an easy decision for him to come back and he said, “It was a very easy decision. All you have to do is think about the team.” So why did he hold out? Davis was asked the question and he said, “You know what that’s a contract issue it’s up to my agent and the 49ers like I said. It’s just the nature of the game.”

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

A team player, Davis emphasized the importance of coming back as he said, “I’m in it to win it. It’s all about the team, it’s all about winning games and that’s how I plan on keeping it.” With Davis happy as he said he’s “elated” to be back in camp, the 49ers can now turn their focus on G Alex Boone as he’s the last holdout remaining.

 

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