Cornerback Eric Wright played seven games with the 49ers last season. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images)
Santa Clara, Calif. — The start of the San Francisco 49ers’ three-day mandatory minicamp was overshadowed by the players who were absent.
Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone skipped Tuesday’s activities. Both starters are seeking raises despite two years left on their contracts.
Cornerback Eric Wright, a seven-year veteran who played in seven games for the 49ers last season, announced his retirement. Wright said in a statement released through the team that he “no longer had the same passion” for the game.
While Wright’s announcement came as a surprise in the locker room, Davis and Boone are far bigger contributors to a 49ers team that has Super Bowl aspirations.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said he was disappointed that Davis and Boone are not at the minicamp.
“Not the decision that I envisioned being the 49er way,” Harbaugh said. “Really nothing more to be said about it. The focus will be on what’s going on here.”
Players can be fined nearly $70,000 if they miss all three days of the minicamp, per the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
Neither Davis nor Boone was present during the first eight weeks of the team’s voluntary program. Davis sacrificed a $200,000 bonus and Boone $50,000 for missing the workouts.
Second-year safety Eric Reid, whose locker is next to Wright’s, said it was a little surprising when he heard Wright was considering not playing anymore. Wright had been competing for the job vacated by former starters Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, who both signed with the Oakland Raiders in free agency.