49ers News Update: Vernon Davis speaks on holdout, Jimmy Graham grievance hearing

In today's 49ers news update, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis isn't too stressed about his current contract holdout - in fact, he seems downright relaxed.

Speaking with D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Consitution (via Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report), Davis opened up on his time in limbo away from the team:

It hasn’t been difficult at all. There are no worries. There is nothing that I can stress about. It’s obvious that we want a new contract. I want a new contract. It’s just like any athlete, we all want a new contract. But I’m not going to stress over it. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it. If I get it, that’s good. It’s moving slowly, but surely. At the end of the day, if I don’t get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down. If I don’t get it at the moment, I’m not going to lose any sleep.

Later in the interview, Davis expressed support for fellow tight end* Jimmy Graham, as Graham attempts to secure a pay bump by arguing that he has been used more as a wide receiver than a tight end - a delineation which would land Graham an extra $5.3 million via the franchise tag:

I pray that Jimmy Graham passes as a wide receiver. Because at the end of the day, if he passes as a wide receiver, that’s better for the rest of the tight ends. He will have opened up a door, a pathway for the rest of the group.

As of now, both Graham and Davis remain at odds with their employers - a fact which doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon.


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