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NFL Team Report - San Francisco 49ers - INSIDE SLANT

Vernon Davis isn't holding out after all.

The San Francisco 49ers tight end - the first in league history to post multiple 13-touchdown seasons - reported back to the team on time ending his holdout after missing the team's minicamp. In doing so, he accrued $270,000 in fines and forfeited a $50,000 workout bonus.

"It was a very easy decision. All you have to do is think about the team," Davis said. "That's what I did, think about my teammates and some of the guys like Frank Gore, who are on their last contract, the last end of their contract, guys who I love and provide for."

Davis has two years remaining on his contract after signing for five years and $36.75 million in 2011. At the time, it was the richest contract in history for a tight end. Now, he is the league's fourth-highest paid at the position averaging $7.35 million. However, Davis' deal was front-loaded, and he was due to see a $1.3 million decrease in pay in 2014 and another $350,000 decrease in 2015.

"It's already such an exciting day, the first day of football, where it's the new year," said head coach Jim Harabugh. "And definitely having Vernon there added to that. Everybody sees their friends, their family, they haven't seen them for a month or so, since we've been apart after the minicamp. It's a happening."

San Francisco's other headache of the offseason, Aldon Smith, is also back with the team. And after his lenient sentencing of 11 days on work crew he received last week, there's a chance Smith will not be suspended for his DUI and weapons charges.

That might be the case after Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was given a minimal two-game suspension following his arrest for domestic violence when he allegedly struck his then-fiancee Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City Hotel. Rice pled not guilty to the charges in May and has since married Palmer.

But given that Smith's charges were non-violent in nature, and his gun charges were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, there's a chance his punishment could be even less punitive than Rice's. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last fall he would consider Smith's five-game leave of absence last season into any potential punishment.

On the field, Smith says he's never been better.

"I'm in the best shape I've been in coming into a camp," he said. "My mind's probably in the best spot it's been in. I'm feeling great."

That could be great news for the 49ers, who are hoping Smith can return to his 2012 form when he notched 19.5 sacks in the regular season before a labrum injury slowed him down in the postseason.

Smith also said he would be meeting with Goodell "as soon as possible" regarding potential discipline, but a time has not yet been set.


Rookies reported: July 16

Veterans reported: July 23

First practice: July 24