When 49ers tight end Vernon Davis wrote about why he was going to hold out from mandatory minicamp, he made a pretty convincing argument, writing, "It's all about getting paid what you deserve. It's not that complicated. ... I can't listen to anyone but my family and my advisors, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me."
Both players are subject to fines that could reach more than $69,000, and Davis already has forfeited his right to a $200,000 workout bonus for missing the team's voluntary OTAs earlier this offseason.
Boone is scheduled to make a $2 million base salary with a $400,000 roster bonus for 2014 and $1.2 million with a $400,000 roster bonus in 2015, but while he ranked 40th among all guards in 2013 according to the Pro Football Focus metrics, he ranked No. 3 in 2012. Clearly, he feels like he deserves a pay raise.
Kirwan wrote a few weeks back: "Boone has started 38 straight games and the 49ers have gone 27-10-1 with him on the field. Boone gives up a sack every 148 pass plays and he is called for a penalty only once in every 239 plays. Since he joined the starting lineup the offense averages 4.87 yards rushing per play. Boone has also been a Pro Bowl alternate both years ... Boone has two years left on his deal and has little leverage, but now that I see his position market I understand his frustration. The 49ers know what kind of player he is but they have salary cap issues right now."
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick can understand the motivations for Davis and Boone.
"I've talked to both and I'm not going to speak on another person's situation but I support them and they're great people," Kaepernick told the San Jose Mercury News. "They're grown men, so you can't say what they should or shouldn't do. That's their right. But I know all our players support each other and everybody would love to have them."