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Apparently, tight end Vernon Davis has made his point.
He has been vague about what point he was making with his decision to forfeit a $200,000 workout bonus – salary-cap space, by the way, the 49ers will gladly reclaim.
Davis said he plans to report to the team’s mandatory minicamp because, well, it is mandatory. But so were the previous eight weeks of offseason workouts, for him, because of the hefty bonus that will not find its way into the pockets of his Fantex investors.
So there goes any leverage Davis might have toward getting a new contract. The 49ers appear willing to let Davis play out the final two years of his deal. Then, they could choose to lock him up in 2016 with the franchise tag, too.
Guard Alex Boone is taking a different approach. His actions and lack of grandstanding appear to demonstrate a commitment toward using every avenue available to him in order to leverage the 49ers for a new contract.
Boone is not expected to take part in the mandatory minicamp. He would be fined nearly $70,000. (He also lost $50,000 for his failure to take part in the 49ers’ offseason program.)
But that’s a price he is likely willing to pay if it expedites the process on a new contract that would pay him significantly more than the $3.6 million he is currently scheduled to make over the next two seasons.
In the meantime, the 49ers are carrying on with third-year player Joe Looney taking first-team repetitions at right guard. Jonathan Martin, who split time at right tackle with Adam Snyder, could also be given a look if Boone engages in a lengthy holdout. Also, the loser of the Daniel Kilgore-Marcus Martin competition at center could slide one spot to the right to compete for action as long as Boone remains away from the team.