Thursday, February 19, 2015

Trent Baalke: Vernon Davis “absolutely” will be with 49ers


Despite an off year and the team dealing with salary cap issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke fully expects tight end Vernon Davis to remain with the team this season.

The 49ers currently the sixth-most amount of money committed to their salary cap of any team in the league, per NFLPA records. If the salary cap is set at $143 million, which is in the range of where the cap is expected to fall, the 49ers would be around $5 million over the cap.

Davis is scheduled to count close to $7 million against the cap this season. The 49ers could save $4.9 million by releasing Davis. With the team having to do some trimming of contracts to get under the cap by the start of the league year on March 10, Davis appeared as though he could become a possible cap casualty.

But according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Baalke said he “absolutely” sees Davis on the team this season.

Davis had one of the worst seasons of his career with just 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games.

“It was an off year,” Baalke said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He realizes (that). The great thing about Vernon, he understands. He’s been in this business long enough and he’s worked hard enough, he understands where his level of play is and he still believes that he can have some great years ahead of him – as do we. And we look forward to having him a part of those.”

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