SANTA CLARA – Trent Baalke sat down with Bay Area reporters and answered questions for 45 minutes Saturday afternoon. Here’s what he said about Vernon Davis.
ME: When you extended Joe Staley’s contract this offseason, you said you were excited to make him a 49er for life. When you extended Frank Gore’s contract a few seasons ago you said the same thing, you were excited to make him a 49er for life. Is it your goal to make Vernon Davis a 49er for life?
BAALKE: Vernon is an integral part of this football team, has been for a long time. All of our core players, that’s the hope. When you draft a guy and the player plays to the level that you thought he would play to or above that level and he’s someone that does an awful lot for you, not only on the football field but in the community, the hope is always that they can retire as a Niner. So that’s how we always approach it, and we’ve been very successful in extending the contracts of our core players. Vernon, we’re not going to discuss his contract or the status or our plans, but he is certainly one of those guys that deserves to be a 49er.