Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

16 Jun 2014

MMQB: Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis writes about why he's holding out, which quarterback he'd take over any that don't throw balls at him, and teaching young players about money.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 16 Jun 2014

9 comments, Last at 19 Jun 2014, 4:44pm by LionInAZ


by Bright Blue Shorts :: Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:09pm

I struggled to get past the first paragraph of this self-justifying money-grabber.

Fails to mention his rookie contract (5 years, $23 million). I doubt you'll find many who believe he earned that money during his first three seasons averaging 34 receptions / 377 yds / 3 TDs.

I do worry for the poor lad - I mean eight years into his career he's only earned about $50 million (and maybe a few endorsements).

I wasn't surprised to read that he supports the rookie wage scale so that veterans get a bigger slice of the pie.

by Theo :: Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:47pm

"I signed a contract that I now think was too low, I only recently learned how to spend my money, so I could use another bonus. My contract is still going so I have no leverage, and because I'm pretty important to the team, I'm holding out"

by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:55pm

Plus this year hell be the third highest paid tight end, next year he drops to fifth but he was the highest paid tight end for the first two years of his deal.

He hasn't a leg to stand on here, I highly doubt the niners will cave and this is coming from a big fan of number 85. He should stop wasting everyone's time and turn up.

by Duff Soviet Union :: Tue, 06/17/2014 - 6:41am

"I wasn't surprised to read that he supports the rookie wage scale so that veterans get a bigger slice of the pie."

Yeah, I'm guessing he wouldn't be such a fan if it had been in place when he was a rookie.

by LionInAZ :: Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:44pm

Team owners are self-justifying moneygrabbers too. The difference is that they spend millions of dollars on lawyers and lobbyists to make them look otherwise -- and to keep them from saying so in public.

I just thought this comment needed a little perspective.

by Deelron :: Mon, 06/16/2014 - 4:08pm

I do wonder if it has anything to do with his deal with Fantex, since they're now taking 10% of his future earnings that he's more motivated to try and recoup some of that amount.

by Noah Arkadia :: Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:01am

You're not too far off. One way to look at it is that the Fantax deal basically earned him this year's salary already, so he might think he has less to lose. And objectively speaking he does have less to lose with a holdout. 10% less to be precise. Of course, he also has less to gain by a new contract, by that very same 10%.

In any case, he got a bunch of money for free from Fantax as a product of his football career, so I can't believe his gall in trying to get more from the Niners.

Who, me?

by Jimmy :: Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:03pm

If I were a GM I might be very leery of signing guys with fantex deals. They are always going to want more money at some point and as Florio points out they might effectively be placing themselves under an obligation to hold out for more money.

by dryheat :: Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:08pm

Yep. I expect that it has started making its way into contract language by now.