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"If it's mandatory, I think I should be there," Davis said in a telephone interview Thursday morning. "My foot could get stuck in the grass, and I may not be able to get out ... but if it's mandatory, I think I should be there."
Davis, who has stayed away from the 49ers' voluntary portion of the offseason, is dissatisfied with his contract. The 30-year-old has two years left on the six-year, $42.7 million contract he signed in 2010. He is the third-highest paid tight end in the NFL.
"I bleed red and gold. I'm all about the 49ers. I love the 49ers," said on ESPN's "SportsCenter" earlier Thursday. "My dream is to retire as a San Francisco 49er. OTAs aren't mandatory, so I don't have to be there technically. I just decided not to go. I decided not to be there ... Everyone was just assuming I wanted a new contract. I just take it one day at a time. If they offer me a new contract, I'll gladly take it. I'll accept it."
Along with Davis, 49ers guard Alex Boone hasn't been at the voluntary OTA session because he wants a new contract.
Vernon Davis wouldn't fully commit to returning to the San Francisco 49ers in time for their mandatory June 17-19 minicamp, but he indicated he knows the importance of it.