- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 27, 2002

Running back Stephen Davis wants the Washington Redskins to give him a contract offer instead of an ultimatum.

"To make ultimatums and stuff like that, I don't think it's good, but the only thing I say is, let's just get it done," Davis said yesterday at minicamp.

"It's not up to me whether something gets done it's up to the organization. It depends what they come at me with. I'll be willing to [sign a new deal], but I can't control that. The only way I can control that is to go out and do my job."

A two-time Pro Bowl player who has twice broken the club mark for rushing yards in a season, Davis has been told by the Redskins that he will be released after the coming season if he does not agree to a new contract.

The title "lifelong Redskin" accompanied Davis' nine-year, $90million pact just before the 2000 season, but the deal's backloaded nature and his outstanding performance since have raised his 2003 salary cap figure to an unmanageable $11.4 million.Now no one knows whether he will finish his career in Washington.

"You tell me. That's my question," Davis said. "I can't worry about what's going on. I just have to go out and do the things I've been doing the last three or four years. I just have to go out and make the best of it. Whatever happens, I'll take it like a man."

Asked whether he might make concessions to stay, Davis replied, "It's hard for me to say. I can't really tell what they want from me, and I can't say what they're willing to give me. I'm willing to sit down and do what's possible because I want to be a Redskin. We've just got to talk about it."


Bruce sidelined

Defensive end Bruce Smith is sitting out minicamp and might even miss the early part of training camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery about three weeks ago.

Smith, a certain Hall of Fame selection who turns 39 in June, participated in the predraft minicamp but felt a pain return that had begun last season. Doctors, after initially believing Smith could go without surgery, removed a bone spur and some scar tissue. Smith called it a "simple procedure" and said he should return for training camp in late July.

"I think I'll be fine, but naturally we're going to have to be smart about it," Smith said.

He added that he hopes to play the majority of downs this season, rather than the part-time role many in the organization expect.

"I want to play. That's my goal, that's my intention," Smith said. "If I'm helping this team, then my job is out on the field. But I think most importantly, I want to do what's in the best interest of the team."

Others sitting out were defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson, who is recovering from pneumonia; defensive tackle Del Cowsette, whose surgically repaired wrist will keep him out until camp; and cornerback Donovan Greer, who also is targeted for a camp return following last year's torn ACL.

In addition, linebacker LaVar Arrington wasn't feeling well in the afternoon and sat out, while wide receiver Reidel Anthony was bothered by a muscle in his upper leg during the afternoon.


Webster to Washington?

Free agent defensive tackle Larry Webster is expected to decide today whether he will sign with the Redskins or New York Jets. Webster, 33, was a member of the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens from 1995 through last season, and thus is very familiar with Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, the former Ravens defensive boss. The University of Maryland product and Elkton (Md.) native might start alongside Wilkinson if he signs.

The Redskins also are talking to free agent defensive end Eric Ogbogu, who played at Maryland. He has spent his four-career with the New York Jets.


Extra points

With Smith and Wilkinson absent, the first-string defensive line consisted of Marco Coleman and Otis Leverette at end and Renaldo Wynn and Donovan Arp at tackle. Wynn is expected to return to end after Washington signs another tackle.

Elsewhere on the first string was wide receiver Jacquez Green, who lined up with returning starter Rod Gardner, and left guard David Loverne, who was picked up from the Jets in an exchange of draft picks earlier this month.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, a former Florida defensive coordinator under Redskins coach Steve Spurrier, was among a number of college coaches on hand.

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