Coach Jim Harbaugh said he has spoken to tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone, the only two 49ers not taking part in the team’s offseason program, and knows why they have chosen to not participate in the team's voluntary workouts.
Both players are skipping the workouts over dissatisfaction with their contract situations, according to sources. But Harbaugh reiterated his belief that it does not benefit anybody to speak publicly about contracts.
“Yeah, I know the reasons,” Harbaugh said Friday morning on KNBR's Murph and Mac Show. “(I’ve) talked to the players. If it comes to contracts and you want to talk about contracts, I’m not going to speak for another player. I’m not going to speak for another man and what they’re trying to get done with their contract.
“If they want to talk about it publicly, and they think it’s beneficial to talk about it publicly, then they’ll choose to do that. Certainly, you could have Vernon or Alex on the show and ask them or talk to their agent, if they think that’s something that’s beneficial. I choose to not do it.”
Harbaugh has typically disclosed reasons for players’ absences when it’s not related to contracts. When questions arose earlier this offseason about LaMichael James’ absence in the team’s offseason program, Harbaugh was quick to point out James had become a father. James has since joined the workouts.
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The 49ers’ mandatory minicamp is scheduled for June 17-19. Any player who does not attend the three days of workouts can be fined up to nearly $70,000 under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.