LB Manny Lawson might want a new contract from the 49ers, and even though it appears he’d have some leverage – he was, after all, the team’s leader with 6.5 sacks last season while tying a franchise record with four forced fumbles – he actually showed up for mandatory mini-camp without a new deal in place. Considering the final year of his five-year contract pays him $630,000, he has a pretty good claim that he deserves more money.
But if a new contract isn’t forthcoming, Lawson will be ready to play anyway.
“Everybody wants a new contract,” he told reporters today. “I wanted to be here. I wanted to be a San Francisco 49er. I would like a new contract, yes.”
He said he didn’t consider skipping mini-camp, but for the first time in his career, he declined to show up for voluntary workouts.
“I wanted to get a new look,” he said. “Step outside, kind of have a vacation, but a vacation away from a vacation.”
You know, for being what I’d consider a low-paid player and for having to watch other teammates sign brand-new deals – including Ahmad Brooks, the man who’s been taking Lawson’s snaps on defense while he’s been away and who will try to take his starting spot – Lawson seems to be handling himself rather calmly.
“I'm about everybody getting what they deserve,” Lawson said.
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