Less than a week after saying he'd attend the team's mandatory minicamp, 49ers TE Vernon Davis has reversed course, taking over Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback to write: "It's all about getting paid what you deserve. It's not that complicated."
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Davis will indeed be absent from camp when it opens Tuesday, per a source with knowledge of the player's plans.
The full article can be seen here. Davis finished the season as the #2 TE, but his numbers took a dip after Michael Crabtree returned to the fold. Davis averaged 3.8-62-.90 on 6.1 targets without Crabtree in the lineup. After his return (and including three playoff games), those numbers fell to 2.4-35-.75 on 4.6 T/G. Those are still top 10 numbers at the position, but Davis simply isn’t a no-brainer top 5 pick with Crabtree in the lineup. Davis has a history of being underutilized in the 49ers’ run-heavy offense, and that’s a possibility again in 2014. A contract holdout only serves to complicate matters further.