– When Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis hit the free-agent market this summer, he had to feel good when fellow tight ends Martellus Bennett and Delanie Walker signed four-year deals. Bennett’s contract averages $5.1 million per season, and Walker’s will average $4.375 annually. STRIKING SIMILARITY: Ryan looking like Flacco And Davis, after all, had caught more touchdown passes in the past four years than both tight ends combined, despite playing in 70 fewer games. So someone was going to show him a big pay day, too, right? Uh, no. When it came time for Davis to review his offers, a multiyear deal was nowhere in sight. “Whenever a team can use something to their advantage, they always will and I think (last year’s torn Achilles tendon) injury is something a team can use to their advantage,” Davis told USA TODAY Sports. “But this is football.
– Darin King Shortly before the end of the season, Mark Maske reported that Dan Snyder was weighing the possibility of giving Mike Shanahan an extension , but the owner hasn’t pulled the trigger on such a move as of yet. The Redskins certainly appear to be in a better place now than they were before Bruce Allen came to town at the tail end of the 2009 season, and when Shanahan & Co. followed several weeks later. But it’s possible that he could be waiting to see how things play out this year with the handling of Robert Griffin III and his comeback, and the follow-up to last season’s NFC East-winning campaign. There’s still plenty of time for Snyder to make up his mind on Shanahan’s future, but a lot could be riding on this season for the coach and his staff. Recently read where RGIII was limping at conclusion of OTAS. Any truth to that? – Brian Griffin did appear to limp as he ran sprints at the conclusion of that June 6 practice, but he insisted that it was related to the brace he wears on that reconstructed right knee, and not a setback of some kind.
He signed his four-year, $21 million contract with the team on July 18 . Despite signing two-plus months after he was drafted, Griffin managed to develop and exceed most expectations—breaking and setting several NFL rookie records en route to winning the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. In a May 26 article by the Washington Post, RG3 acknowledged the need to use caution and show better judgment following his injury, surgery and rehabilitation up to that point. You come back like you were never hurt because that’s the only way you can play. You don’t play the game afraid to get hurt. You play the game like you’re supposed to be invincible, while at the same time being smart and sliding and all the other stuff.
If there isn’t much written about your team for the next month, you have license to be happy about that. So let’s see what we’ve got for links, shall we? Dallas Cowboys The Cowboys will be one of the first teams to open training camp. Their first practice is on July 21 in Oxnard, Calif. In the meantime, as Todd Archer writes , the key questions include the health of Tony Romo’s back and the fitness of offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to balance his old role as offensive line coach with his new one as playcaller. Jason Hatcher has a half-brother he’s never met, but that’s about to change and Hatcher is looking forward to establishing a relationship with a newly discovered member of his family. New York Giants The biggest offseason issue for the Giants, Paul Schwartz writes , was a player who didn’t set foot on the practice field, and the Victor Cruz saga continues to hang over the team along with a couple of key injury issues as the Giants rest up. Pretty special Father’s Day for Justin Tuck, whose second child was born Sunday. Philadelphia Eagles I have yet to watch the DeSean Jackson documentary , which was put together by his brother and chronicles Jackson’s life with a focus on his relationship with his father.