San Francisco 49ers need Vernon Davis. It's a simple as that.
Now we're not saying that Davis is on the verge of being released as of yet, but as he holds out for a bigger and better deal it's something that the Niners will definitely be thinking about. However, they need him big time and they must come to some sort of deal.
From that moment on we have seen every big moment for San Francisco linked with every big moment in the career of the powerful tight end.
He's not the best player to have played the tight end position in the last ten years, but he's arguably the most clutch of them.
Jim Harbaugh changed the face of the 49ers organization before the 2011 season, taking them from perennial under achievers to Super Bowl contenders. Under the guidance of quarterback Alex Smith, the 49ers made it to the NFC Championship Game in Harbaugh's first season as head coach, with Davis playing a pivotal role.
It was the wildcard game against New Orleans Saints that took Davis into the 49ers folklore stratosphere. He caught the touchdown winning pass from Smith and proceeded to cry at the prospect of the 49ers finally winning a playoff game.
Even though the Niners went on to lose to the New York Giants a week later, 2012 saw Davis help them to the Super Bowl with an array of quality big catches. Again the Niners failed to win the Lombardi Trophy for a sixth time, but in both 2012 and 2013, Davis and the starting QB in both those seasons, Colin Kaepernick, developed a great on the field connection.
As mentioned above, he's not the most consistent of players, but when dealing with the huge games at the back end of the season, Davis is crucial.
We can talk all we want about the San Francisco wide receiving corp, but at the end of the day, top offenses need a top tight-end.
Kaepernick is still in the early stages of his career and he still needs a quality safety net. Someone who is prepared to take a shot across the middle of the field to make a big and tough play for the team.
That's what top tight ends do and that's what Davis does.
San Francisco are at a pivotal stage with their momentum as a franchise on a knife edge. Three very successful seasons have been overshadowed by their division rivals, Seattle Seahawks, winning Super Bowl XLVIII.
NFC West rivals Arizona Cardinals and St Louis Rams will also improve in 2014, and the 49ers can ill afford to take any steps backwards.
Letting go of Davis would certainly be a step back, and it could be the little setback that stunts the growth and momentum of the 49ers organization on the field.