The San Francisco 49ers are the NFL betting favorites to win the NFC West this season and they made news over the weekend as they signed tight end Vernon Davis to a big contract.
Davis becomes the highest paid tight end in NFL history. Now we’ll see if he can make the 49ers a better NFL bet.
$37 Million Dollar Deal – The 49ers signed Davis to a five-year extension which makes his deal worth $37 million dollars, $23 million of which is guaranteed.
Worth It? Is any tight end in the league worth that type of money? The answer is probably not but at least Davis had some good numbers. Last year he led the 49ers with 78 catches for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns. That was a record number for a tight end as it tied Antonio Gates’ NFL record. Davis made the Pro Bowl last season for the first time. In his NFL career, Davis has 181 receptions for 2,097 yards and 22 touchdowns. It is still a ton of money though to be paying to a tight end but the 49ers believe that Davis is worth all of that money.
Davis & Willis – You can make a case that the two best players on the 49ers are Vernon Davis and Patrick Willis. Both players are now locked up to long term deals. Willis is the best player on the defense while Davis is the second best player on offense behind running back Frank Gore. The 49ers look to be set for many years with two of their top young players signed to long term deals.
49ers in the Spotlight on Monday Night – The 49ers host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. It will be a chance for the 49ers to prove they are worthy of competing against the NFL’s best. The Saints will have had a little extra time to prepare as they played last Thursday and beat Minnesota in their opener. San Francisco is considered the best team in the NFC West by those making an NFL bet. They began the season as the NFL betting favorite to win the division at the Sbg sportsbook. The 49ers still have a question at quarterback with Alex Smith but they sure don’t have any questions with Frank Gore running the ball and Vernon Davis catching it.