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Unhappy Davis, Boone skip 49ers' OTAs

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers opened their organized team activities this week minus two dissatisfied starters.

Star tight end Vernon Davis and starting right guard Alex Boone are not participating in this week's voluntary activities because they are unhappy with their contracts, according to multiple reports. Both players are signed through 2015 and hoping to garner an extension.

Davis signed a five-year, $37 million contract in 2010 that made him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL at the time. Since then, the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski and the Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten each received more lucrative deals on average, while Jimmy Graham likely would get a bigger deal should he sign with the New Orleans Saints long term.

Graham was franchised this spring at $7,503,000 but is filing a grievance to be considered a wide receiver, which would net him $12,132,000 million in 2014.

Davis registered 13 of the 49ers' 21 touchdown receptions last year, becoming the second tight end in league history to notch at least 13 receiving scores in multiple seasons. The 30-year-old is likely looking for more long-term security with two years remaining on his contract.

Boone's reported unhappiness stems from the deal the lineman signed in 2011 before becoming a starter. It paid him an average of $1,635,000 per season with a $2.59 million salary-cap hit in 2014. However, he started every game over the past two seasons, outperforming his deal.

However, it appears Boone would have significantly less leverage than Davis after San Francisco used two third-round picks addressing the interior of the offensive line. San Francisco took USC's Marcus Martin and Clemson's Brandon Thomas, although Thomas is likely to miss the season after sustaining an ACL tear during a pre-draft workout.

The 49ers also have Daniel Kilgore, who is also versed in all three interior positions and signed a three-year extension this offseason.

Otherwise, San Francisco's deep new roster appears to be in good form at this stage of the offseason.

NOTES: The 49ers signed center Marcus Martin to a four-year deal Thursday. Martin (6-3, 321) was the first of three third-round draft picks (70th overall) made by the 49ers. In 2013, Martin started all 13 games at center and helped USC rush for 2,419 yards and 29 touchdowns. The 49ers have signed all 12 of their selections in the draft.

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