As it turns out, that stance doesn't preclude the tight end from being a bipedal entity with a sense of perspective about his attempt to earn more than the $4.7 million he's due this season with two more years remaining on his contract.
"It's not the end of the world if I don't get (a new contract)," Davis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. "If I get it, that's good. It's moving slowly, but surely.
"At the end of the day, if I don't get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down. If I don't get it at the moment, I'm not going to lose any sleep."
It's a fair point considering the evolution of football, with tight ends accounting for more production in the passing game. It's also fair to point out that Davis is responsible for signing a six-year contract in the prime of his career, limiting his earning potential with no chance to hit the open market.
We can't blame a grizzled veteran for skipping offseason workouts. We can blame him for the "branding" nonsense.