We received an indication Friday that the star tight end, who is a holdout after missing the team’s mandatory minicamp last week, will not hold out into the season.
He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week: “There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about. It’s obvious that we want a new contract. I want a new contract. It’s just like any athlete, we all want a new contract. But I’m not going to stress over it. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it. If I get it, that’s good. It’s moving slowly, but surely. At the end of the day, if I don’t get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down. If I don’t get it at the moment, I’m not going to lose any sleep.”
OK, so there it is. It is not the end of the world if he doesn’t get a new deal. I’m sure that will be duly noted by the 49ers. Davis is the third-highest-paid tight end in the NFL. And the team is likely not inclined to bypass other financial priorities to give Davis a new deal.
However, guard Alex Boone, the team’s other holdout, likely will not have the same feeling. I get the impression Boone won't report until he gets a new deal. He is the 43rd-highest-paid guard in the league.
So, unlike Davis, it could be the end of the world for Boone if there is no deal.