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Tight end Fred Davis has made a rapid recovery from his Achilles injury and has been cleared to play. The question now is whether he can or will play for the Redskins, who have some tough choices to make as they negotiate their cap problems in advance of free agency. I've been thinking for a while that Davis could stay in Washington on a long-term deal with a low 2013 base, but Rick Snider seems to think he's the odd man out.
This is the latest from Maske on the Redskins' continuing fight against the cap penalties. Still say I'll believe the legal action thing when I see it and not before. The idea that they're publicly threatening such things in an effort to convince the league to grant them some relief is more plausible, though I don't expect it will work.
New York Giants
Giants GM Jerry Reese said he wouldn't rule out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o because of his off-field controversy, but he might do so for on-field reasons. Te'o didn't help himself with his 40 time at the combine, and Ohm seems to think the Giants would be better off passing if he were still there at pick No. 19 in the first round of the draft in April. I agree with Ohm, who is wise.
Even if Osi Umenyiora leaves as expected in free agency, Mike Eisen believes the Giants will continue to use Mathias Kiwanuka as both a linebacker and a defensive end. Certainly, Kiwanuka's versatility in this regard has been a boon to the Giants the past couple of years, and they're likely to continue to lean on it as they figure out how to restructure their front seven.
Todd Archer speculates that the Tony Romo contract extension to come could be a five-year extension that takes Romo through the 2018 season as a Cowboy. He also has a coach telling him Romo would be the highest-paid player on the free-agent market this offseason if he were actually a free agent. Which isn't a big surprise. Throw any top-1o quarterback in the league onto the open market and he'd get the biggest deal. That's why teams don't let that happen. Unless the guy's hurt and they're about to draft Andrew Luck. Then, it's OK.
Rowan Kavner thinks the Cowboys could go with Phil Costa at center if they upgraded at guard, and I think he's probably right. Costa played fairly well when he actually did play in 2012, and if he can stay on the field he could develop into a good player for them. It's not crazy. And as we have discussed, it's not realistic to think they're going to run five Pro Bowlers out there.
Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner ran the heck out of his combine 40, and Sheil Kapadia thinks that's good news for the Eagles on a number of levels. First, Milliner is a strong option for the Eagles with the No. 4 pick in the first round. And second, since everybody knows he won't get past the Lions at No. 5, the Eagles could find themselves fielding decent offers for that No. 4 pick if some team is determined to trade up and take Milliner before Detroit does.
Another strong option at that No. 4 pick could be Oregon pass-rusher Dion Jordan. The new coach knows him.