Stephen Davis didn't get his long-term contract, so he's waiting on Lloyd's of London. LaVar Arrington didn't quite match Courtney Brown's deal and doesn't consider himself a holdout.
Amid such complex behind-the-scenes dealings, the Washington Redskins signed their last two holdouts Saturday night.
Davis agreed to a one-year, $3.532 million contract, a letdown considering he felt he had earned a big, multiyear deal. No. 2 overall draft pick Arrington accepted what is essentially a six-year deal with a base salary between $35 million and $36 million, according to one of his agents, Kevin Poston.
That is just short of the six-year, $36 million base No. 1 overall pick Brown got from the Cleveland Browns. Arrington also received a $10.75 million signing bonus, while Brown received a $10 million signing bonus and $849,000 reporting bonus.
"It's time to put up or shut up," Arrington said. "I don't feel like I held out. It's a process a lot of guys go through. A lot of guys are out a lot longer."
Arrington's contract also includes a voidable seventh year. If he meets all of his incentives, he could earn more than $50 million over six years, which means the "overall package is more than Courtney's," according to Poston.
"The Redskins, if they had the No. 1 pick, they would have taken LaVar Arrington," said Poston, explaining the rationale for paying the No. 2 pick more than the No. 1. "So we just had to make sure it was a fair market deal."
Davis, a patient backup for three years, wanted a multiyear contract as a reward for setting a franchise rushing record with an NFC-high 1,405 yards last year. But the negotiations turned sour, so Davis called agent Steve Weinberg and told him to work out a one-year contract so he could get to camp, which began Thursday for the full roster.
"I was sitting at home one day and talking to my wife," Davis said. "And I did something, and she said, `You're getting on my nerves, you need to go to work.' She's pregnant right now, so anything I do right now will put her over the edge. ... I know a lot of people were worried, as I was, about getting this thing done. Hopefully we can get a long-term deal."
Weinberg clarified director of player personnel Vinny Cerrato's statement Friday regarding a key provision of the contract: Under the deal, the Redskins will be able to name Davis as their franchise player again next year but only if he fails to meet nine easy-to-achieve incentives.
If Davis meets any of those benchmarks - and if a multiyear deal isn't reached - he could be named a transition player, which would gie him much more negotiating power. The Redskins could demand two first-round draft picks for a franchise player, while they would only have the right to match an offer given a transition player.
Also, if Davis achieves any number of incentives - such as getting one touchdown reception - he would earn a bonus that would put the contract's value over $5 million.
Because Davis didn't get a long-term deal, his agents aren't letting him practice in full pads until they beef up Davis' insurance policy to $10 million in case he gets injured.
"It all depends on when Lloyd's of London offices are open," said David Canter, Weinberg's partner.
Because the players are off Monday, Davis won't don his pads until Tuesday. Davis only took part in no-contact, low-intensity drills Saturday while the rest of the team was in full pads.
Davis said his ankle, which was severely sprained late last season, was "doing great." The ankle had been cited as the reason Davis did not take part in spring minicamp drills, but coach Norv Turner said Saturday that Davis was healthy enough to play in June and that the uncertain contract status kept him off the field.
While Davis will immediately reassume his starting position, Arrington will be placed among the backups when he begins practice Sunday. Camp for the rookies began Monday, so he's missed six days of practice in addition to a week of spring minicamp he skipped after the birth of his first child.
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