Demoted tight end Fred Davis said that he was not surprised that he missed out on a $500,000 roster bonus that was built into his contract with the provision that he be active for 12 games this season.
Davis last Thursday was inactive for a fifth game this season meaning that at most, he could be active 11 games. But that appears unlikely. Davis opened the season as the starter before falling out of favor with coaches. He missed one game with an ankle injury, but the other four deactivations have come as a result of coaches preferring tight ends Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul over Davis.
“It’s [frustrating] when you could earn it and play, but I already figured it was going to happen,” Davis said on Wednesday. “I haven’t been used for the last few weeks, so. I was pretty sure it was going to happen.”
Davis had said earlier this season that he thought that his inactivity had something to do with the bonus that was owed to him. But coach Mike Shanahan said that he didn’t even know about the bonus because it’s his practice not to educate himself on his players’ clauses in their contracts so it doesn’t sway his decisions.
Asked if he still held that belief, however, Davis said he wasn’t sure.
“I know teams do that type of thing, and if I was to play the rest of the year, then I might think that, but I don’t really know,” he said.
Davis said that the inactivity and lost bonus wouldn’t cause him to change his approach or his relationship with his coaches.
“Nah, it’s just something I know I could’ve earned. But I’m going to stay professional,” he said before adding, “I just want to put some film on for future teams and make the most of any opportunity.”
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