It's unclear if San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will attend a mandatory minicamp, at least based on what Davis told ESPN.
Davis, who's skipping offseason workouts and wants a new contract, could be fined under the NFL collective bargaining agreement if he doesn't go to the 49er June 17-June 19 minicamp.
"If it's mandatory, I think I should be there," Davis said. "My foot could get stuck in the grass, and I may not be able to get out. But if it's mandatory, I think I should be there."
Hopefully, Davis's foot won't get stuck in the grass. 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. His contract situation is another red flag.