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Vernon Davis discusses his decision to sign with the Redskins


Vernon Davis discusses his decision to sign with the Redskins

New Redskins tight end Vernon Davis says his initial conversation with the coaching staff and GM Scot McCloughan clinched his decision to sign a one-year deal in Washington on Thursday.

In 2006, McCloughan, then an executive with the 49ers, drafted Davis out of Maryland.

“When I talked to Scot McCloughan he basically told me I would be a great fit,” Davis said in an interview on ESPN 980. “He believes in me. He knows that I can come there and contribute and help the team win football games. I’ve been knowing Scot McCloughan for so long. We’ve always been on the same page and been able to cultivate the relationship that we’ve had over the years.”

Asked what role the team envisions for him next season, Davis said: “They want me to come and bring my leadership and just play ball, just play football to the best of my ability, contribute in as many ways as possible and just help out."

Davis, 32, ranked among the NFL's top pass catching tight ends from 2009-2013, but the two-time Pro Bowler's production plummeted the past two years. Last season, he was dealt from the 49ers to the Broncos and, after a decent start in Denver, hardly played during the Super Bowl run.

“I’ve never looked as myself as a blocker, never have,” Davis added about his role with the Redskins. “I’ve always looked at myself as a threat in the passing game. I’ve always had confidence in myself. But, you know what? I block because I want to win. I block because I can’t stand to lose. And if I’m out there, I might as well give it my all, play 100-percent. Give a 110-percent, actually. If I do my part, then I’ll contribute to helping the team win. And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about—we’re all playing to get our hands on that Lombardi Trophy.”

Davis adds depth to a capable corps of tight ends that’s led by emerging star Jordan Reed and also includes Niles Paul, Derek Carrier, Logan Paulsen and Marcel Jensen. Paul and Carrier are rehabbing from significant ankle and knee injuries, respectively, while Paulsen has been cleared to return after missing the 2015 season with turf toe. So Davis figures to get plenty of quality reps during OTAs.  

How and where exactly Davis fits into the puzzle might not be clear until it’s known which tight ends are healthy, but the Washington, D.C. native already knows this much: he’s excited to join his hometown team, a club he considers to be on the rise.

“As soon as I met the coaches and the rest of the staff, I said this is a group right here that I could really work with, that I feel really, really comfortable with and I can do a lot of great things over here as far as helping the team win, getting to the playoffs and getting a championship,” Davis said. “I feel like this is a young group, a good group of guys who want to win. Last year, we could all see that these guys were fighting, fighting to win and advance in the playoffs.”

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.


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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

The Redskins went into the offseason with their inside linebacker position very much up in the air. Starters Zach Brown and Mason Foster and top backup Will Compton were all heading into unrestricted free agency. They faced the prospect of needing to start all over.

Things started to look better in late January when Foster re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. “I had unfinished business here,” Foster said at the time.

As long as Brown remained unsigned, the Redskins also had unfinished business. They got it done yesterday as Brown inked what is reported to be a three-year deal worth $24 million. We will need to see some details to know just what the contract entails but it looks like a fair deal for both sides.


Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.

Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.

Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.


The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.

The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.