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Caught on film: Vernon Davis is in the building

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 - 9:43 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 - 9:48 am

Vernon Davis is in the building.

The 49ers tight end, a no-show for the team's mandatory minicamp last month as he sought a more lucrative contract, was among the veterans in the 49ers' locker room today. This, according to an Instagram video from safety C.J. Spillman, who posted a clip of Davis greeting teammates Glenn Dorsey, Quinton Dial and Kassim Osgood this morning.

Veterans like Davis reported to camp today. The first practice is tomorrow. Davis is currently the fourth highest-paid tight end in the league. He has said he wants to be paid commensurate with his value to the offense, but he has sent mixed messages about how entrenched he was in his position. He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this month it wasn't “the end of the world” if he didn't get a new contract.

Davis is not believed to have struck a new deal. However, the 49ers’ long-held stance is that the only will negotiate with players who report to camp, as was the case when Frank Gore had a brief holdout in 2011. The team recently extended the contract of left tackle Joe Staley, who was underpaid but who participated without complaint in all of the team practices.

Davis forfeited a $200,000 workout bonus by skipping the spring sessions, and he faces nearly $70,000 in fines from missing the mandatory minicamp. Players who miss training camp, meanwhile, can be fined $30,000 a day.

Another June no show, Alex Boone, is expected to continue his holdout. Joe Looney likely will line up at right guard in his place.

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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