The moniker has become an epithet in Redskins nation.
Well… it is truly an ill wind that blows no good. It’s slowly looking more and more like Shanahan and Company have found the silver lining.
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At the start of free agency, the Redskins had several defined needs: cornerback, right tackle, tight end, safety, inside linebacker and maybe a complimentary running back and wide receiver.
The team miraculously solved most of the crucial needs despite a strict cap penalty, including cornerback, tight end, and went to a four-way battle for right tackle since they couldn’t find a long-term solution.
Washington was able to retain 12 of their own free agents and brought back players like Fred Davis and DeAngelo Hall, who was cut in the beginning of free agency to save $8 million in cap space, at bargain prices. Winning a division sure changes things around Redskins Park, doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »
Before I begin, I would like to say I’m glad to be contributing something here on THN again. I’ve devoted a lot of time to school and my own site since I last posted here. I also want to say I’m glad Mark is doing well and I hope his recovery is full and never leads to a repeat.
Fred Davis is once again officially a member of the Washington Redskins. Davis became an unrestricted free agent this offseason, free to be courted by other teams who wanted to offer a contract for his services. The Redskins not once removed themselves from the discussion with Fred, who used agent Drew Rosenhaus’ infinite wisdom to have some fun with his free agent experience.
Fred’s initial interest was from the Cleveland Browns, but ultimately Davis and the Browns agreed on only one thing, that they couldn’t agree to terms. Davis also said at the time that money wouldn’t be the deciding factor in his decision on where to play.
Last weekend, Davis was wined and dined by Buffalo Bills brass in Washington, DC. Teams that fly out to a player’s home usually have great interest in that player and are as serious as they can be about signing him. Many Redskins fans felt Davis was wrong for going through with this, but I said then what stands true today: Fred Davis was simply lavishly soaking in the fact that someone was willing to buy him the best meal in the city and sing his praises for hours on end. Who wouldn’t want that kind of treatment? A lunatic, that’s who!
Davis eventually spent the week in Buffalo to meet with the Bills at their facility and get accustomed to a possible workplace. The New York Jets expressed interest and had a meeting set up for today but Davis decided to cancel that meeting the other night, leaving his choices between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.
This morning, fans awoke to news that Fred Davis had agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins. This is significant for the following reasons:
- Fred Davis took significantly less money ($700,000 less this season) to play for the Redskins this year instead of the Bills for 2 years.
- Fred Davis proved to his teammates and coaches that Washington is where he wants to play.
- Fred Davis proved to the Redskins fans that he wants to suit up in the burgundy and gold.
- Fred Davis knows his best opportunity for individual and team success out of his options is with the reigning NFC East champion Washington Redskins with young playmaking quarterback Robert Griffin III.
- Fred Davis proved that money would not play into his decision of where to play (for this year).
That last point sticks out. Fred Davis knows that if he plays well this year and stays out of trouble and continues to prove himself a professional, he will get the payday he wants next offseason. The Redskins are slated to have roughly $30M give or take $5M next offseason to spend on contracts, so Fred Davis will be able to make that money here, and the Redskins likely would be willing to pay him more than anyone else would.
So while Davis didn’t really let money play into his decision this year, Drew Rosenhaus surely let Fred Davis know what he could expect financially next year if he performs and stays on the straight & narrow.
But what fans can rejoice in, is having one of the biggest threats to opposing defenses back on the field for Robert Griffin III’s second year, bringing a guy who can command extra attention every play in order to help wide receivers on the outside. Fred’s athleticism and size creates a mismatch against most linebackers and safeties in the league, allowing the Redskins to take full advantage of the matchups they have each and every week.
Last season, Fred Davis was rumored to not have a very strong rapport with Robert Griffin III based on what fans and media saw at open practices. The duo proved immediately against the Saints in week one that they not only had a rapport, but they had chemistry, communication, and trust as well. Davis is very good at running routes, but more importantly, he runs after routes, and also knows how to find soft spots when the play breaks down in the pocket and Griffin has to scramble. Davis displayed this several times before injuring his Achilles.
So Redskins fans, welcome back Fred Davis!
Back in January, the NFL gave us a sneak peek at the new NFL Draft caps on their Instagram page. In the background, you can see the Redskins new hat at the top .
Having searched frivolously for more pictures of the Redskins new set of Draft Hats for the past few weeks, my efforts came up empty until today.
“The 59FIFTY fitted cap will be worn by players on draft day while friends and family will receive the 9FIFTY snapback and 39THIRTY stretch fit to wear,” said Katie Kulczyk, Corporate Communications Manager at New Era. “All will be available for purchase in April.”
No, the Redskins don’t have a first round pick and aren’t slated to make a pick until 51st overall, which means that more likely than not, whoever they select will not be in New York to wear his hat. However, fans of every team eat up this kind of stuff.
Without further ado, here is the new set of Redskins Draft Hats, courtesy of New Era. Read the rest of this entry »
The Redskins have taken their time allowing the market to develop during the first two days of free agency. Last night they lost out on special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander to the Arizona Cardinals. Cornerback Derek Cox, reported to be a Redskins target, chose to sign with the San Diego Chargers late yesterday as well.
Action should pick up over the coming weeks but presumably at a snails pace. The Redskins reportedly did make a signing. Read the rest of this entry »
Free agent tight end Fred Davis is keeping an open mind when it comes to choosing a team to play for in 2013. It has been reported that the Cleveland Browns are interested in his services and he has also gone on record saying he liked playing for the Redskins and enjoys being in D.C.
Davis has been hard at work trying to regain his form while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered against the New York Giants in late October. While the tight end market continues to develop in free agency, Davis is still focusing on his recovery.
What separates athletes from average Joes, especially when recovering from an injury? If anyone is wondering how he looks running almost five months after suffering the injury, we have some proof. Here is video of Davis going for a run on a treadmill at an Ashburn gym this afternoon. The video was shot by his brother.
He seems to be running pretty well if you ask me.
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The Redskins opened up the first day with barely a peep. The team retained punter Sav Rocca and defensive lineman Kedric Golston. It was also revealed through Twitter that the One Man Gang, Lorenzo Alexander, would be signing with a new team to be determined.
As the more expensive free agents are taken off the market, the Redskins should get more active with scouting affordable B and C level talent.
Tags: Antoine Cason, Antoine Winfield, Aqib Talib, Brandon Meriweather, Cedric Griffin, chris cooley, Cleveland Browns, Derek Cox, fred davis, kedric golston, Kennan Lewis, Lorenzo Alexander, Madieu Williams, Reggie Bush, Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus
Whether the Redskins have mountains of money to spend or are counting their pennies like this year, this time of year is like Christmas for fans.
THN will keep you up-to-date with news throughout the day that affects the burgundy and gold. Keep it locked here all day. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Aqib Talib, Barry Cofield, Chris Chester. Stephen Bowen, Derek Cox, Greg Toler, Josh Wilson, Joshua Morgan, kedric golston, Kyle Arrington, Lorenzo Alexander, Reggie Bush, Robert Griffin III, santana moss, Sav Rocca, Sean Smith
When the Washington Capitals fell behind 3-0 to the Boston Bruins in the first period, it looked like it was going to be another one of ‘those nights’. Fortunately coach Adam Oates didn’t see it that way, managed to keep his team focused, and was rewarded with a sensational comeback from his team when Eric Fehr scored a beautiful goal in overtime to steal the two points. Read the rest of this entry »
In our third and final installment of our Doc Walker interview, he explains whether Chris Cooley will return to the burgundy and gold, gives extremely high praise to Trent Williams, talks about his relationship with Brian Mitchell, and the dynamic of working for a company owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
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