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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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The Redskins have the assets to move up in the second round of the NFL Draft if the right player is there

The Redskins have the assets to move up in the second round of the NFL Draft if the right player is there

As of now, the Redskins have two draft picks today, one each in the second and third rounds. Tomorrow they have seven picks, one each of the last four rounds plus addition picks in the fourth, sixth, and seventh rounds.

But what if things get underway tonight and a player they really want starts to slide. Having so many picks would set up the perfect scenario for trading up to grab the player the Redskins want.

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How much could they move up? As of now, they have the 17th pick of the second round, the 49th overall. If they see a player still on the board early could deal that pick and their third-round pick and, per the trade value chart, that should move them up to anywhere in the top three picks and they could expect a sixth- or seventh-round pick in return to even out the trade.

If the round is progressing and they see a player high on their board as the pick approaches they could use one of their fourth-round picks to move up. They could take the earlier of their fourth rounders, the seventh in the round and No. 114 overall, and move from 17th to about 11th in the round. If that is the difference between getting a player like Dalvin Cook and getting one of lesser impact, they should strongly consider it.

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They could use their later pick in the fourth, the 17th in the round, to jump up three spots in the second.

There are endless possibilities for the Redskins. While they generally subscribe to the philosophy that having more draft picks gives you more chances in the lottery, the Redskins need impact players and if they need to move up to land one in the second round they shouldn’t hesitate to make the jump.

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Redskins tackle Trent Williams remembers watching Jonathan Allen in high school

Redskins tackle Trent Williams remembers watching Jonathan Allen in high school

 Redskins left tackle Trent Williams remembers watching Jonathan Allen when the Redskins first-round pick was in high school. Now the two players will be practicing against each other in the NFL. 

Allen grew up in nearby Ashburn, Va. and attended Stone Bridge High School. One of Allen's teammates at Stone Bridge was Redskins left tackle Trent Williams' nephew, and Williams remembers watching him play in high school. 

It would be interesting to see if Williams ever envisioned he'd be teammates with Allen back while he was watching as a teenager. 

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