On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 12:30 PM MST Senior Bowl Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Tue., Feb. 27, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFL Scouting Combine begins Feb. 27-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Mon., Mar. 12, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs may negotiate with unrestricted free agents March 12-14: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
  • Wed., Mar. 14, 2018 2:00 PM MDT 2018 league year and free agency period begin

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

    Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 25, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meetings begin March 25-28: Annual League Meetings, Orlando, Florida.
  • Mon., Apr. 16, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs April 16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM MDT 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26-28: 2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.
Print
RSS

Vernon Davis makes surreal return to Bay Area on his birthday to begin Super Bowl trip

Posted Jan 31, 2016

On his 32nd birthday, tight end Vernon Davis made his return to the Bay Area to begin the Broncos' Super Bowl week.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As the Broncos finished the final leg of their travel to Santa Clara, the five-bus convoy made its final turn to arrive at their hotel and in doing so, passed a small group of fans.

A few of them had signs, but the most eye-catching one simply read "Welcome home, Vernon!"

For tight end Vernon Davis, who spent the entirety of his career in San Francisco before coming to Denver in a midseason trade, the trip back to the Bay Area was an emotional one, and it came on the day of his 32nd birthday, no less.

"At first it seemed surreal, and I just had to gather myself for a moment and just think about the opportunity that I have here," Davis said. "It's an amazing opportunity, it's going to be a great experience—I can feel it—and I'm just very, very thankful that I had a chance to get traded to Denver for this particular reason."

It was in the aftermath of the Broncos' AFC Championship victory over New England a week ago that Davis first realized that he would be returning to the area where his professional football career began, and the opportunity to reach the sport's pinnacle here is something he relishes.

"It couldn't get any better than that," Davis said on Thursday. "I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm very pleased, thankful and excited all at the same time for the opportunity to go in and experience this year's Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium."

San Francisco and the Bay Area hold a special place in Davis' heart for personal and professional reasons. It's where he flourished on the field and off it, cultivating meaningful relationships inside the team and in the community that supported him for 10 years.

"I think my tenure here as a 49er, it was great. It was a great journey for me, a great experience," Davis said. "I had an opportunity to just cultivate the relationships with my teammates, the coaches during my stay here. And I gave everything that I had, every ounce of my body and just gave it all. I gave it all to the fans, to the organization, the community, and I feel like I didn't leave anything behind."

But that path led him to Denver when the Broncos were searching for a valuable addition to their tight end corps, and ultimately that has led him back to San Francisco for another shot at a Super Bowl, his second after the 49ers' loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

"It's very special, because before I left here, I knew it was for a reason," Davis said. "There had to have been a purpose for me going to Denver, and I just kept that faith and that belief and I knew that it had to be something good that would come out of it. We're back here and it's just like I imagined: We're in the Super Bowl."
Super Bowl 50 Official Ticket & Travel Packages
The Denver Broncos have partnered with PrimeSport to offer Official Denver Broncos Super Bowl packages.
Visit Primesport.com/denverbroncos for more information

Facebook Comments