Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 23, 33 days before the NFL draft.
Market for Davis drying up?
The Browns have announced that they have signed a tight end names Davis. But it was Kellen Davis, formerly of the Bears, not Fred Davis. According to many reports, Cleveland has been the Redskins’ main competition—perhaps their only competition—for Fred Davis’ services.
So with his other options looking dried up, why hasn’t Davis signed? In short, it has become a waiting game.
The Redskins likely have an offer, or at least the outlines of one, on the table. As long as they are the only bidders for Davis they are not motivated to nudge from it. We are at a point in the football calendar where nothing is going on from a veteran player standpoint. As long as they have a feeling that Davis isn’t going anywhere they have no reason to raise their offer.
From the standpoint of Davis and agent Drew Rosenhaus, they aren’t losing anything by waiting either. In fact, if they wait, another team could become interested and that might motivate the Redskins to improve their offer.
It is the same thing we saw a year ago with linebacker London Fletcher. He and the Redskins played the waiting game for about a month after free agency started. Fletcher ended up signing just before the start of the offseason workout program in mid-April. Look for a similar timetable for Davis.
One thing the Redskins need to be of careful of, though, is taking advantage of Davis’ situation and forcing him to sign a lowball contract. If things work out like they hope they will and Davis thrives on the field, they will be looking to sign him to another deal, perhaps a bigger one, in a year or two. If they put the squeeze on him in this negotiation, future contract talks where Davis has the upper hand might not go as smoothly.
Biggers signs a one-year deal
At this stage of free agency it looks like most cornerbacks are singing one-year deals and new Redskins corner E. J. Biggers is no exception.
According to various reports, Biggers, entering his fifth NFL season, signed a contract with a $635,000 base salary, a $365,000 signing bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus. If it’s too early in the morning for you to do the math, that comes to $1.5 million for the year.
The deal gives the Redskins a chance to evaluate Biggers, who had a solid 2012 season after struggling in his first three years in the league. It gives Biggers a chance at a second contract year in 2014. If he can put on a solid showing in Washington he might be able to get the multi year deal with the security that every player wants.
In case you missed it
- Point-Counterpoint: Best and worst of free agency
- Davis keeps his options open
- Hits and misses in Redskins’ 2013 draft slots
- Despite suspensions, Redskins don’t have major character issues
Days until: Offseason conditioning starts 23; NFL schedule released 24; NFL draft 33
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I've seen him a few times, says he's doing well. We'll know more when OTA's start RT @steveohhhh9: any word on how Roy Helu is doing?— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) March 22, 2013