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A bit more than a week ago, Fred Davis promised to make any team that failed to sign in free agency him regret its oversight.

Then he signed with the Redskins. So now there are something like 31 teams to whom he owes payback.

“Basically any team that ever had a chance to get me, and they didn’t, they’re gonna regret it,” Davis told ESPN 980’s Sports Reporters on Monday. “Because if I play against them, I’m gonna be better than the tight end that’s on their team. That’s my whole goal, is to be one of the top tight ends in this league. And I know I can.”

(Audio here.)

The thing is, promising to be better than basically every tight end you face is a pretty big promise. But Davis said his health — and his 2012 Achilles injury — won’t be an issue.

“I’m way ahead of schedule,” he said. “Some people say it takes 10 to 11 [months], but I really feel after talking to my doctor, he said I’d probably be a seven-month guy….I’m feeling really good right now, I’ll tell you that. And by the time August comes, I know definitely I’ll be 100 percent.”

Serious about rehab. Serious about improving. What’s not to like? Oh yeah, that court thing.

“She assaulted me first,” Davis said, again delving into his never-ending legal battle over in-club drink throwing for who knows what reason. “That’s what people don’t know. The whole thing is blown out of proportion. And even after I poured the drink on her, she even attacked me afterwards. The whole thing is blown out of proportion, as far as her feeling like she’s the victim. I’m not gonna get into it, but the bottom line it’s not what it seems, know that.”

I feel like I finally understand why public figures say “sorry, I can’t talk about that” when sports radio programs ask them about ongoing legal issues. Because if they start to ad-lib, they might eventually say “even after I poured the drink on her,” as their lawyers bang legal encyclopedias into their faces.


“That was definitely something that happened two or three years ago, which is something that would never happen again, I’ll tell you that,” Davis went on. “It’s making me look like the bad guy. People don’t know me at all, they have no idea what happened, and they can make you look bad. Any publicity ain’t always good, and I feel like this doesn’t represent my character at all. As far as that decision-making, that was definitely something I made as a younger NFL guy, but as far as now, I’m 27, and I feel like the only thing I’m worried about is football…People trying to extort you for money, that’s what you’ve got to watch out for.”

Davis also promised “my lawyer days are over.” Seems like a solid idea.