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Leonard Davis Speaks

Just ran into him as Jason Campbell was taking the big man to lunch. Davis seems likea cool, laid back cat. Said it's down to the Redskins and Dallas, where he visited yesterday. Said the Cowboys did not make a firm offer but they talked about parameters. Has no other visits planned.

"I might make a decision this evening," Davis said. "I've just got to talk to my agent and talk to my wife ... It's all up in the air right now."

Davis said he had good meetings with Buges, Coach Joe, The Snyder (he didn't call them by those names of course, but you get the drift).

"This is my top two," Davis said of the Skins and Cowboys. He also said he wants to play here because "this organization "is committed winning." Yeah, that's what everyone says. Not sure if winning and spending are one and the same, but you get the idea. These guys clearly want to try to win in the way they want to win, but there remain caveats galore when you throw out big free agent bucks.

As for the wild spending in this free agent market, Davis said: "Nothing surprises me."


By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 1:50 PM ET
 
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Comments

Well, I hope Jason Campbell does not have to pay for Davis's lunch...I imagine he eats a LOT. :-)

Posted by: Lisa | March 3, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Can't we just pick up an actual guard instead of taking a high dollar flier on a left tackle bust? Could be ArchDeluxe 2, and we know how that movie turns out.

Posted by: Skinny | March 3, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

jason, did you ask where they were going cuz i'm kinda getting hungry...

Posted by: dealer | March 3, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

...would love to meet jason in person and shake his hand before next year starts...then again i'm carrying noravirus so probly not a good thing right now...

but am going to 5 guys(seriously that's what the doctor ordered) at 3 you want anything?

Posted by: dealer | March 3, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The big payday is a given, but I'm thinking this guy might be so glad to get that stupid bird off the sides of his helmet that he rededicates himself as part of a potentially winning team. Boys still need to sign a safety, maybe Hamlin, a BUQB (Ramsey). If we can still afford Lenny, I'd take that.

Posted by: SMACK | March 3, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A winning team? Look at the past ten years. The Skins and the Cardinals are in the same boat.

Posted by: The glory years are long gone | March 3, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

i hear you skinny, that's why i'm only enthused about the decision to let dockery walk away and not about any of these signings. they're all "big names" to me same as last year and same as before. i'll be excited when they actually get on the field and make a play or two. other than that this is like watching poker on tv...

Posted by: dealer | March 3, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if "laid back" is code for "lazy."

I suppose being laid back on a free agent visit is different than being laid back on 3rd and long...I just hope Davis knows the difference.

Save that money for more secondary help in the event that Springs moves on.

Posted by: Will | March 3, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Poker on TV is better.

Posted by: Doyle Brunson | March 3, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, Springs can't move on without us letting him go, so at least we control our own destiny on that front. I had thought it would be great to take Hall from Mich at no. 6 and trade Springs, but then we have double move as our no. 2 again, and I think that spot is better served with Smoot there and Carlos 3rd.

I'd just like to see them not change over too many starters and have chemistry problems like we seem to have every year.

Posted by: allstar | March 3, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

A "potentially" winning team. Which describes about everyone but the Raiders and Lions in today's NFL.

Posted by: SMACK | March 3, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Smack why are you going to call out my Raiders?

Posted by: jm220 | March 3, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm "listening" to the Skins presser with London Fletcher.....for some reason I can't "see" it - he sounds like a great guy. Very confident...very personable...

Posted by: Lisa | March 3, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Last night on NFL Network, they had the 87 Redskins. One of the funnier stories: Doug Williams telling of the time when the very young Joe Gibbs came to recruit Williams and took him to MacDonald's!

Likewise, maybe Gibbs told Soupy to take Davis to MacDonald's. That might make Davis' decision easier.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

That can't be the real jm because jm doesn't drink.

Posted by: jm220 | March 3, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I've been looking at all the teams that just release decent players because they can't pay them their large salaries. There are some decent players out there from winning teams that can't use these guys because they have all-pros ahead of them. We should be picking these players instead of wasting large amounts on players like Davis - as the Cardinal fan said he was terrible.

Posted by: charlie | March 3, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

woops, sorry jm220, meant to address that to you and post it as SMACK. Speaking of drinking...Diddy, red moon so red wine, right?

Posted by: SMACK | March 3, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Something else to consider is where Joe Thomas will go in the draft next month. The deal that DET made this week makes them suddenly in less need for Thomas. CLE looks like they'll take Adrian Peterson, TB will likely take Calvin Johnson, which leaves AZ with the decision to take Thomas or the D line help they desperately need.

I think the 'Skins should take Jamaal Anderson personally, but it's not impossible for Joe Thomas to be there at #6.

Posted by: Will | March 3, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

hmmm.....Gibbs is talking right now and he said the signing of anyone else is "not imminent" - said they have brought several people in but nothing definite on the horizon right now.

He also said they went after Dock as long and hard as they could and they will miss him.

Posted by: Lisa | March 3, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

If Joe Thomas is available at #6, another team may want him badly enough to give up extra picks to move up. Detroit may also be looking at QB (Quinn), so it's possible that both Thomas and Peterson might still be available at #6.

We can only hope.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully that is good news. Thanks, Lisa.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

What is Tampa doing? They traded for Plummer, signed Garcia and extended Simms for what Simms called "starter's money."

Posted by: LH | March 3, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I think they should drop down a few and take the 19 year old DE. Fast, edge rusher, and super smart.

Use the extra pick(s) for OL and DB depth. Josh Wilson from MD will be around in the 3rd or 4th round.

Posted by: allstar | March 3, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"No signings imminent?" And Smoot isn't signed yet either, right? Wonder what that means - offer to Smoot too low? Not a starter if Springs stays?

Sounds like the ES boys really blew it yesterday, unless Smoot signed when I wasn't looking.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Whats the chances that Snyder loses out on a player they have brought in to the Cowboys? I'd say less than 10% if it is really down to those 2 teams.

Just saw former Skins Big Daddy Wilkinson got traded from Miami to Denver for a 6th rounder.

Posted by: cdubb | March 3, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs just ended the presser and stated again that "nothing is imminent" on other signings...they are taking things slower. He also said he hopes Springs and Rogers stay healthy this season.

Posted by: Lisa | March 3, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The 19-year old - Amobi Okoye - is a DT, not a DE.

The Plummer trade was nixed by Plummer - he wants to go to Texas only or retire, last I saw, LH.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Tampa is trading Plummer, most likely to Houston. Denver prolly didn't want to trade him in the AFC, and got good value with a 4th, so then Tampa flips him to Houston for a 4th (only down a few spots) and an extra pick.

All speculation of course...but I'm a good guesser.

Posted by: allstar | March 3, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Oops, thanks Mole, I was thinking he was a DE, but a DT still helps. Middle of the first round, if those guys all slide like you said, our DLine men should still be around.

Posted by: allstar | March 3, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Mole:

Exactly what I'm thinking--if the 'Skins could trade #6 for a first rounder in the teens and a decent 2nd rounder, that would help us out a lot.

I'm thinking DET is fielding several offers for #2 right now because if they are looking at a QB (which they need) they might be able to get Quinn at the 8-14 range.

Posted by: Will | March 3, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Obviously I need to take a nap - LOL!

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Denver didn't want to trade him in the AFC? Yeah you wouldn't want to run into that guy in the playoffs with a chip on his shoulder.

Posted by: SMACK | March 3, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

A nap! Who needs sleep? lol

Posted by: jm220 | March 3, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Smoot is talking to other teams still. That Clement contract has changed everything.

Posted by: Insider | March 3, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

JM,

You are definitely a warrior when it comes to staying awake - LOL!

Me - not so much.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Thankfully Smoot is no Nate Clements.

That guard Dielmen from SD resigned with the Chargers per ESPN. No contract #'s though. Wonder if he got Dockery money.

Posted by: cdubb | March 3, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

That FO group in Tampa Bay doesn't seem real bright when it comes to trading - Denver does it again.

Quick - someone call Tampa Bay and offer them T.J. Duckett for a draft choice!

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Well it's been fun all, time to get off work though, so there is a nap in my near future too. Catch you all later on.

Posted by: allstar | March 3, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"Committed to winning, blah, blah, blah." I'm betting he goes with whichever team offers him more bucks.

Posted by: KK | March 3, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Fat jokes aren't cool Lisa.

Posted by: Leonard Davis | March 3, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Will,

Someone posted earlier that several teams might be looking to move up for a shot at other players. More teams looking to move up is always good news in a year when we are looking to move down.

It's conceivable that if the draft runs perfectly, the Redskins could pick up several additional first day picks and still get someone really good for the defense. Okoye, Landry, Hall - any of those guys would be a big plus at this point. (Anderson is the only top DE I like - don't know if he will be around at #6 though, and don't think he will get past #10, unless he has a really bad pro day.)

Hopefully the Redskins will stay out of the deep end of free agency and save some money to sign draft choices.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

A new post has arrived.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

New Post

Posted by: jm220 | March 3, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Mole, the trade for Plummer has been done despite Plummer's retirement talk.

Posted by: LH | March 3, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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