The free-agent cliche playbook mandates that players say they value winning and happiness over dollar signs. Zack Greinke went off-script, saying money is “what it comes down to at the end.”
That was weird. But Redskins tight end Fred Davis, a free agent for the first time, is following the script.
“I mean, you want to end up somewhere where you know you could fit and feel comfortable,” Davis told Cleveland’s Bull & Fox show. “If you’re talking about two or three million dollars difference with a team, I would rather go for happiness any day than some more money. I’d rather be somewhere where I know that they’re gonna use me to the best of my ability, believe in me, a team that wants to give me a chance to come in and help them any kind of way, right away, and let’s win some games. That’s what I want. I don’t want to just go for the money and just start losing. I kind of want to be in a position where I can help a team win.”
The hosts attempted to get Davis to express interest in returning to his home state and playing for the Browns. I guess he didn’t tell them to stuff it, but his reply didn’t exactly justify this “Fred Davis Says ‘Would be Awesome’ to Play for Hometown Browns” headline.
“I like where I’m at,” Davis said. “Until I’m not a Redskin anymore, I really can’t even say what I would want to be. It’s kind of a weird situation. This is my first time being in this situation, so I don’t know. But I just want to play football. So wherever I am at, if it’s where I’m at now, that’d be great. But if not, and I’m somewhere else, definitely in my home town, a place like Cleveland, that would be awesome too, to represent for your home state.”
Davis also offered yet another positive report about Robert Griffin III’s rehab.
“I see him,” Davis told the show. “We’re rehabbing in the same area. He’s looking like he’s walking normal and he’s doing exercises normal. It’s kind of crazy. It’s like, you just were hurt a little bit ago. He looks like he’s on his way. Whenever he says something, he says he usually does it. So I think he might be back for that first game.”
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QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Nene on Bradley Beal’s ankle sprain Sunday night:
“It was scare, because I saw Tony Parker and he twist his ankle and going to be one month out and I saw the young fella crying and in pain,” Nene said. “That’s the first thing that came to mind, like I hope he fine….I could cry too, depending on how painful. I hope in the next couple of days, he feel fine.”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Caps host the Bruins at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. Virginia Tech is at Duke at 7 on ESPNU. All TV/Radio listings are here.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Brooks Laich still isn’t playing hockey, but it looks like he’s rocking out at home. “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll,” he wrote on Twitter.
VIDEO OF THE NIGHT
Because these never really get old, here’s a returning service-member surprising his family at a Wizards game. Plus he emerged instead of G-Wiz, which alone was cause for celebration.
LEONSIS ON BLEACHER REPORT
The mainstream sports blogging establishment mostly loathes Bleacher Report. So of course Ted Leonsis will offer a defense. “Bleacher Report generates a ton of page views and has created a large network of writers and next-generation journalists,” he wrote. “It helps to introduce new writers to the blogosphere.”
The man behind the Fairgrounds by Nats Park “said the Navy Yard neighborhood, which is in the midst of becoming a residential and office area, is creating opportunities for new retail, so he is opening four stores in the cluster of trucking containers he uses as pop-up stores. They will include a tobacco shop, garden center, shaved-ice parlor and a convenience store.”
THE MAKING OF BERGER COOKIES
Any video about Berger Cookies is an automatic in my household. You can make fun of Baltimore all you want, but you cannot insult a Berger Cookie.