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Davis looking for a full, productive 2013

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Davis looking for a full, productive 2013

If the NFL had an All-Pro team for players who were on pace to have good years before having their seasons ended prematurely, Fred Davis would be a two-time member.

In 2011, the Redskins’ tight end was on pace to catch 79 passes for 1064 yards before a drug-related suspension ended his season after 12 games. Last year he was just starting to get into the swing of the Redskins’ new offense and through six games he was on pace for 64 catches for 870 yards. Then in the seventh game he tore his Achilles tendon and was out for the year.

Players who have back to back seasons that end early are not in line to get big, multiyear deals, even if they were “on pace” to have productive seasons. Davis drew some interest from the Browns and Bills but he ultimately came back to the Redskins on a one-year contract worth $2.5 million.

Davis is realistic about the lack of leverage he had as he looked for a deal last spring.

“I understand where they're coming from. It's a business,” he said last week. “It's like me investing in a car. I don't want a car that's beat up, I want a car that rides right. When you get an injury that stuff happens.I  don't expect them to say 'here's a whole lot of money'. I'd rather earn it.

“I think I will earn it. Whatever it takes, I'm going to do what I need to do.”

He said that the Achilles injury will not keep him from performing this year.

“I feel good,” he said. “It's about my tenth month out of surgery, I feel great. I don't even think about it.”

He isn’t using the injury or the possibility of getting a big contract if he has a good year as motivation. “When you think about it too much, that's when you do get hurt,” said Davis, a 2008 second-round pick of the Redskins. “I don't think about it; I'm just going to play each play like it's my last, play each game like it's my last, and practice like that.”

That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t hear the skeptics who are wondering if, at age 27, he can recover from the Achilles injury and if he can ever put together a complete, productive season.

“Coming off of last year, I had a little something going and then had it stopped with injury, I feel like there's a lot for me to prove and goals to achieve,” he said.

Davis isn’t the only one who could benefit if he can have a healthy, productive season. If he is playing to potential, the attention he would draw could help other receivers get open.

Many are particularly anxious to see Davis on the field with wide receiver Pierre Garçon. We saw the two of them healthy and on the field together only briefly last year. Garçon went out early in the season opener and by the time he was back and healthy enough to contribute in the passing game, Davis was out with his injury.

“He demands attention in the middle of the field,” Garçon said of Davis. “I try to do my part on the outside. It’s a lot of weapons for our offense. We have to capitalize on that and it will be a great thing when we’re both out there together making plays.”

The Redskins hope to see a lot of great things out of their outside-inside combination in 2013.

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

The Redskins are pondering the three options they have to start up the process that will either lead to Cousins playing in Washington in 2018 or saying goodbye to their starter for the last three years. These options carry pros and cons that Schaffer, Allen, and Dan Snyder will weigh over the next 46 days until March 6, the deadline for teams to designate transition and franchise tags.

Here are the three most likely options for the Redskins and the pros and cons of each approach:

No tag, let him hit free agency—This would allow Cousins to become a free agent at 4 p.m. on March 14, when the new league years starts. The Redskins could make him an offer and they could ask the Cousins camp to give them an opportunity to match any offer they might be considering. But Cousins would be under no obligation to do so.
Pros: It would end the uncertainty once and for all. When the process is over, Cousins will either be a Redskin in the long term or be playing for another team. This also is the only way the Redskins can qualify for a compensatory draft pick if Cousins does sign elsewhere.
Cons: The most likely outcome is that the Redskins would be starting over at quarterback in 2018, something they are not ready to do. A large segment of the fan base would be angry if the Redskins just let Cousins walk out the door.

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Transition tag: This tag carries a salary of $28.8 million and it allows Cousins to talk to other teams. If he gets an offer sheet from one of them, the Redskins would have five days to match it. If they don’t match, Cousins goes to the other team for no compensation. Another possible outcome could be Cousins signing the tag and staying in Washington for the fully guaranteed $28.8 million salary.
Pros: There also would be a good chance of ending the uncertainty, with Cousins either ending up gone at the end of the process or under a long-term contract in Washington. It also would give Cousins what he wants, the ability to test the open market, while giving the Redskins a shot at keeping him at the same time.
Cons: A team with adequate cap space could front load an offer and make it very difficult for the Redskins to match. There would be no compensation if Cousins left because the Redskins declined to match an offer sheet. And there is the possibility that the QB uncertainty could linger for another year if Cousins signs the tag.

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Franchise tag: This tag carries a salary of about $34.5 million. Cousins could not negotiate with other teams as there is no non-exclusive option on a third career franchise tag. At his radio event the week after the season ended, Cousins said that he would just sign the tag and play for the Redskins. They could trade Cousins after he signs the tag, although the salary would make that difficult to do.
Pros: It would virtually assure that the Redskins would have Cousins for 2018. They would have until July 15 to try to negotiate a long-term deal with him.
Cons: You can’t make the case that Cousins, or any player not named Brady or Rodgers, could justify a $34.5 million salary for one year. And since a fourth franchise tag is not permitted, it would almost certainly set up a scenario where Cousins plays one more year and then he is done in DC. That’s not how to get the certainty at the position that Jay Gruden desires.

There is a fourth option, which would be to sign Cousins before the deadline. But earlier this month Cousins said that he would not be interested in doing that; his preference is to wait until March. Perhaps things can change but Cousins was quite definitive in what he said.

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