SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – The start of the San Francisco 49ers’ three-day mandatory minicamp is being overshadowed more by the players who are absent than the ones in attendance.
Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone skipped the first day of San Francisco’s minicamp Tuesday. Both starters are seeking raises despite two years left on their contracts.
Coach Jim Harbaugh also says cornerback Eric Wright is not with the team because he’s contemplating retirement. Harbaugh says he’s “disappointed” that Davis and Boone are not in attendance, saying it’s “not the decision that I envisioned being the 49er way.”
Players can be fined nearly $70,000 if they miss all three days of the minicamp. If Davis and Boone continue to hold out, they set the stage for what could be major distractions leading into training camp next month for a 49ers team that has Super Bowl aspirations.
On Monday, Davis explained why he was seeking more money in a letter published online by Sports Illustrated.
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