The file on Vernon Davis
Vernon Davis was born in Washington, D.C. He attended Dunbar High School, where he played tight end, safety, wide receiver, kick returner, linebacker, and defensive end. Not only was the Washington standout the Men's Football Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia, but he was also Rivals.com's No. 4 ranked tight end in the nation and the No. 7 ranked player in the Atlantic East. He went on to play for the Maryland Terrapins in the ACC for three years before declaring for the 2006 NFL Draft.
As a junior, Davis was recognized as an All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference First-Team selection. The 6-foot-3, 250 pound tight end played every game that season for the Terrapins, recording 51 receptions and leading the ACC with 871 receiving yards. He also set school strength records as a tight end in the bench press (480 pounds), index (824 pounds) and squat (685 pounds). Davis finished his college football career with 83 receptions, averaging 16.5 yards per catch.
Davis was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the 49ers. San Francisco signed him to a five-year, $23 million deal, which made him the highest paid tight end that year.
Down and out
Davis encountered several obstacles in his first three seasons with the 49ers. He suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibula on Sept. 24, 2006, limiting him to 10 games as a rookie. The following year, he missed time after spraining his right knee against the Pittsburgh Steelers. And on the non-injury front, Davis was benched and sent to the locker room by head coach Mike Singletary during a 2008 blowout loss to the Seahawks after Davis was penalized for an altercation with Seattle safety Brian Russell.
Davis had a breakout season in 2009. He tied the all-time single season record for most touchdown receptions for a tight end with 13. As a result, he landed his first Pro Bowl selection in his fourth season with the 49ers.
Prior to the start of the 2010 season, Davis received a five-year contract extension worth $37 million with $23 million guaranteed. At the time, it made him the highest paid tight end in the NFL.
The Catch III
In 2011, Davis helped the 49ers win the NFC West and make the playoffs for the first time since 2002. He finished the regular season with 67 receptions, 792 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Against the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, Davis had seven receptions for 180 yards, breaking Kellen Winslow's record (166) for most yards by a tight end in a playoff game. His two touchdowns, including this game-winning touchdown, was dubbed as "The Catch III."
Davis fast became one of Colin Kaepernick's favorite targets in the 2013 season. The two connected for 13 touchdowns in 15 games. Davis also improved his numbers significantly, ending the season with 52 receptions and 850 receiving yards. He made the Pro Bowl for the second time in his eight-year career.
Davis did not take part in the 49ers' 2014 offseason program due to dissatisfaction over his contract. He forfeited a $200,000 workout bonus with his failure to participate and also subjected himself to nearly $70,000 in fines for skipping the team's mandatory minicamp.
On July 23, 2014 Davis officially ended his holdout by reporting to 49ers training camp in Santa Clara...