CHAPEL HILL, N.C., AUG. 11 -- Linebacker Ravin Caldwell as expected ended his two-week holdout this afternoon by agreeing to a three-year contract and will report to training camp Sunday afternoon.
Caldwell, 27, was the Redskins' lowest-paid starter last year, making $140,000 in his fourth year. That was the final year of a contract negotiated by his former agent, Lloyd Bloom.
His new deal pays him a base of $225,000 this season and about $900,000 over the three years. He begins camp as the Redskins' starting outside linebacker opposite Wilber Marshall, but coaches have discussed moving him to the middle, where he would compete with starter Greg Manusky and Plan B signee Kevin McArthur.
More likely, Caldwell will remain outside, where he and top draft choice Andre Collins will split much of the playing time.
Caldwell's signing leaves the Redskins with only one holdout -- veteran defensive tackle Darryl Grant. Grant is negotiating his own deal and is believed to want about $2.3 million over three years. The Redskins are believed to be offering about $1.8 million over three years.
Grant is beginning his 10th season and made $357,500 last year. The Redskins paid Plan B signee Jumpy Geathers $1.5 million over three years, more money than Grant has made in his entire NFL career.
The Redskins badly want him in camp. At the same time, his signing is less crucial than some others' because even if he arrived a week before the regular season was to begin, he'd probably move right into his right tackle spot.
Grant has declined to comment on his negotiations, but it's likely his leverage has increased with injuries to tackle Tracy Rocker and end Fred Stokes.
Davis Gets Diagnosis
A St. Louis specialist has given cornerback Brian Davis pretty much the same diagnosis he received from Redskins doctors. Davis has a torn quadriceps muscle in his right thigh and was concerned it was the same injury he had in 1987 and 1988.
He sought a second opinion in St. Louis but no reason for the injuries was found. He hopes to return to practice by the end of next week.
And In This Corner
Davis's injury has given others a chance. One of them is free agent Roy Bennett, who played the last two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. He played 32 games, starting two.
He was released after last season and was offered a contract after an impressive minicamp. The Miami Dolphins also offered him a contract, but Bennett, who is 6-foot-2, chose Washington "because I thought they needed help at the corner. I know they like tall corners here."
Bennett is 6 feet 2, and while many scouts believe he's more suited to play safety, he has had a decent camp and seems a 50-50 shot to make the team.
"I'm still working to get comfortable on things," he said. "This is a good chance for me and I don't want to make many mistakes. I haven't played as well as I can. I'm still learning the system."
The Atlanta Falcons suspended wide receiver Shawn Collins for the Redskins game after an incident at training camp. He was on the NFL's all-rookie team . . . The Falcons expect defensive back Deion Sanders to report Monday. He has been taking "a vacation" since leaving the New York Yankees two weeks ago.