As late as last weekend, however, several sources informed of the situation told Rapoport the Redskins expected Cravens back with the team this week. However, Rapoport did stress Cravens’ situation was complex and could change.
Cravens’ agent, Fadde Mikhail, had been in touch with team brass recently, and coach Jay Gruden had been in touch with Cravens, Rapoport reported. On Saturday night, Cravens was spotted at the USC-Texas game hanging out with Doug Williams, the Redskins’ senior VP of player personnel.
Should Washington see Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson depart as expected, it can still count on being effective between the hashes. Davis was a more-than-suitable complementary player to star tight end Jordan Reed a year ago and still knows how to get open after 11 years in the league.
This is a nice story for the Washington D.C. native, who gets the rare multi-year deal in his mid-thirties and gets to wind down his career at home. The former Maryland star, who went in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft all those years ago, is back where it all started and won’t be leaving anytime soon.
On Monday night’s edition of NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2017,” Kirk Cousins was revealed at No. 70. Ranking three slots higher than six-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers, Cousins has a pretty high standing on this list, which was voted on by the players themselves. Interesting that the players are so high on Cousins’ game when his team doesn’t appear to be quite as certain.
For the second straight year, Cousins is set to play under the franchise tag, having been unable to strike a long-term deal with the Washington Redskins. Consequently, the future’s unclear for this 28-year-old signal caller who has posted some pretty impressive numbers over the past two seasons: 17-14-1 record with a 99.3 passer rating, 68.3 completion percentage and 54:23 TD-to-INT ratio.
This rivalry is one of the league’s most famous, but there was something nefarious brewing before the Dallas Cowboys were even born. Former Redskins owner George Preston Marshall didn’t want any team in the South, taking the view that his team owned that market. (Originally, the lyrics to the song included a line about fighting “for ol’ Dixie.”) Clint Murchison, who was trying to establish the team that became the Cowboys, bought the rights to “Hail to the Redskins.” And boom, the Cowboys had a franchise. I should probably really have put this in the Cowboys article, no?
How about this? The Redskins beat the Cowboys in the 1982 NFC Championship Game, which handed Dallas its third consecutive defeat in the NFC title game. It also spelled the last gasp for the Cowboys’ championship window; we wouldn’t hear from them again until 1992. So if any Cowboys fan gives you grief, tell him (or her) that.
It has been roughly two weeks since he sent a group text to teammates and coaches informing them of his wish to step away from the game. He contemplated retirement, though didn’t file any papers.
Early in September, Cravens was placed on the NFL’s exempt/left squad list, giving him four weeks to make a decision. He has disappeared from view since then, handling his personal business while the team played on. To officially return, he’d have to go back on the active roster.
Reed, who has not played 16 games in a season in his career, has been highly productive when on the field. Last season, he played in 12 games, with 66 catches for 686 yards and six TDs.
But he missed most of camp on the physically unable to perform list, only being activated on Aug. 20. He saw a specialist on Aug. 1 for another opinion.