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Davis has no issue with franchise tag

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Davis has no issue with franchise tag

By Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir
CSNwashington.comFred Davis said he harbors no ill will toward the Redskins for using the franchise tag on him.Instead, the tight end said he is focused on making his fifth NFL season the best of his career and bouncing back from the drug suspension that cost him the final four games last season.Davis, 26, could have become an unrestricted free agent in March. Instead, the tag tied him to the team for one year and 5.4 million.I respected it because I know why, coming off the suspension, Davis said Friday. I feel like they did what they had to do. For me, Im fine with that. I just have to go out there and prove yourself and show them what youre worth.The Redskins had to weight risk against reward when it came to doing a contract for Davis. A long-term deal would have entailed giving him an eight-figure signing bonus. Not only would doing that have come across as rewarding Davis in spite of his big mistake, it would have left them with considerable exposure should Davis violate the substance abuse policy again. While salary can be recovered, signing bonus cant.On the other hand, if Davis stays out of trouble and has a big year as many analysts believe he will, the Redskins may regret not having locked him up for the prime years of his career at a point when his value was at its lowest.Before his suspension, Davis was enjoying a career season. He finished with 59 receptions for 796 yards in 12 games.If he has as much success this season and avoids any off field trouble another drug suspension will cost him a full season Davis could be setting himself up for a big payday.Those are factors at play, Davis said. But I dont even really think about it right now. If you start thinking about money and the future, sometimes it doesnt happen the way you want it to happen. Im just focused on playing at that same high level I did last year and getting to where I need to be. The money aint going to change me.

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Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster, the final update: 1-10

Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster, the final update: 1-10

At CSNmidatlantic.com we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offense, defense) right after minicamp. Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.

Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 1-10. Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—A 2016 free agent who needs to make more big plays.

—A rookie expected to bolster one of the weakest units on the team.   

—Each of the five highest-paid players on the team.

—What you won’t find: Any players who will be over the age of 29 in Week 1.     

Go here to see our ranking of the 2017 Redskins, players 1-53.

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Redskins Playbook: With offseason over, what mattered most?

Redskins Playbook: With offseason over, what mattered most?

Things were not dull in Washington this offseason. The team fired general manager Scot McCloughan and failed to reach a long-term contract with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Again. 

Of all the things that happened this offseason, what will make the biggest impact on the field? The results might not correspond to what created the biggest buzz. Going in reverse order, here's what will matter most to the Redskins this season.

ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end Nickel cornerback  | Inside linebacker | Running back

  • No. 4 - The Redskins again could not reach a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, but like in 2016, the quarterback won't allow that to impact his performance on the field. Bruce Allen's public statement about contract talks didn't help matters, but Cousins has possibly one hundred million reasons to stay focused on the field. 
  • No. 3 - Losing Sean McVay was a blow for this team that isn't being properly talked about. McVay's absence will absolutely have more impact on the 2017 season than Cousins' contract situation. An accelerated offensive mind adept at engaging players and running meetings, McVay will be missed. 
  • No. 2 - The Redskins handled the firing of Scot McCloughan about as well as a toddler handles applesauce. It was a mess. The team deserves to be admonished for how things shook out. That said, on the field in 2017, the Redskins won't really feel the affects. The team is in place, including many players of McCloughan's choosing. Some organizational, cultural loss could occur, but that is likely to be felt in the years to come. 
  • No. 1 - The biggest thing that will impact the Redskins on the field in 2017? Losing two of their best players from on the field in 2016. For all of the controversy that surrounded McCloughan's ouster and not getting a deal done with Cousins, not having Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson will by far cause the most shockwaves for Jay Gruden's team. Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson might, even should, offset much of the loss, but until the proof is on the field this will remain the biggest offseason question in Washington. Jackson and Garçon accounted for more than 40 percent of Cousins' 2016 passing yards. That's a giant hole. 

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