SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — The San Francisco 49ers opened their training camp Wednesday and included among the returning players was All-Pro tight end Vernon Davis, who had skipped the team’s voluntary offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp last month over a contract dispute.
Right guard Alex Boone, another player who skipped the team’s minicamp, did not show up for the first day of training camp. Like Davis, Boone is seeking a despite two years left on their contracts.
Last month, Davis wrote a column for Sports Illustrated explaining his decision to hold out from attending minicamp, saying he is playing better than in 2010, when he signed the highest-paying contract for a tight end in league history.
According to the sports contract tracking website Spotrac, Davis is scheduled to earn the 6th highest base salary at his position in 2014.
Davis did not appear to be headed toward an extended holdout, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution “It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get [a new deal].”
Davis forfeited a $200,000 workout bonus and totaled nearly $70,000 in fines by skipping June minicamp.
Meanwhile, NFL.com reported Boone would not report to camp unless he was given a new deal. His current contract has him getting paid $2 million with a roster bonus of $200,000 in 2014 and another $1.2 million in 2015.
A former backup player, Boone has been a starter and solid contributor on the offensive line since signing a four-year extension in 2011. He is reportedly ready to stage a prolonged holdout in hopes of landing a new contract.