Davis, Redskins Come To Terms

Stephen Davis, the NFC's leading rusher last season, reached an agreement with Washington on a contract the team said would make him a "life-long Redskin."

Terms of the agreement, which was finalized one day before the start of the regular season, were not disclosed. The Washington Post reported Saturday that Davis was close to signing a seven-year $65 million contract extension.

Redskins spokesman Doug Green said the contract may be "a little bit longer" than that, but he declined further comment.

A news conference was scheduled for Monday.

"They want the attention to be on the game and then on Stephen," Green said. The Redskins open the season at home Sunday against Carolina.

Davis ended a two-day holdout from training camp in July by signing a one-year, $3.532 million contract. Last season, Davis rushed for 1,405 yards with 17 touchdowns.

Davis wanted a multiyear contract as a reward for setting a franchise record for rushing yards. The Redskins drafted Davis out of Stephen Davis, the NFC's leading rusher last season, reached an agreement with Washington on a contract the team said would make him a "life-long Redskin."

Terms of the agreement, which was finalized one day before the start of the regular season, were not disclosed.

The Washington Post reported in its Sunday editions that the agreement was likely worth $90 million over nine seasons, including a $6.5 million signing bonus. However, his salary could be reduced if he does not meet certain performance standards, the newspaper said.

A news conference was scheduled for Monday.

"They want the attention to be on the game and then on Stephen," team spokesman Doug Green. The Redskins open the season at home Sunday against Carolina.

Davis ended a two-day holdout from training camp in July by signing a one-year, $3.532 million contract. Last season, Davis rushed for 1,405 yards with 17 touchdowns.

Davis wanted a multiyear contract as a reward for setting a franchise record for rushing yards. The Redskins drafted Davis out of Auburn in 1996.


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