In­ac­tiv­ity costs Davis $500,000

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Fred Davis ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure with los­ing out on a $500,000 ros­ter bonus by be­ing in­ac­tive for the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins’ game against the Min­nesota Vik­ings last Thurs­day, and he said he’s try­ing to do what­ever he can to be able to play again this sea­son.

“It [stinks] not to be able to earn it, you know what I’m say­ing?” Davis said Wednes­day. “Just to know that — I know I’m healthy and I was ready to play. I kind of fig­ured that would hap­pen, though, since I didn’t get to play the last two games. I mean, I kind of fig­ured it was go­ing that way.”

Davis, who en­tered the sea­son as the Red­skins’ start­ing tight end, was slowly phased out of the game plan in fa­vor of rookie Jor­dan Reed. He has been in­ac­tive for five games this sea­son — in­clud­ing the past four, which cost him the bonus.

A free agent af­ter last sea­son, Davis signed a one-year, $2.5 mil­lion con­tract on March 29 that in­cluded a $1 mil­lion base salary and a $1.5 mil­lion sign­ing bonus. The deal also in­cluded the pos­si­bil­ity of an ad­di­tional $1.25 mil­lion in in­cen­tives, in­clud­ing $500,000 for be­ing ac­tive for 12 of the Red­skins’ 16 games.

Davis has re­peat­edly said that he re­turned to the Red­skins this sea­son for less money be­cause of the chance to thrive in an of­fense with which he was com­fort­able. He vis­ited the Buf­falo Bills in March and was sched­uled to meet with the New York Jets be­fore sign­ing the con­tract to re­turn to the Red­skins.

“I feel like I’m do­ing ev­ery­thing I need to do,” Davis said. “I’m just not get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to play. That’s re­ally it. I don’t know if I will for the rest of the sea­son, but if I do, I’ll take my chances. If not, I’ve got to wait for the off­sea­son, free agency, what­ever.”

The tight end has only three catches for 25 yards this sea­son, in­clud­ing two for 22 yards in the opener against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles on Sept. 9. He said Wednes­day he’s will­ing to help out on spe­cial teams if asked, but that con­ver­sa­tion hasn’t taken place.

Aside from the ros­ter bonus, he has started to re­al­ize it could be dif­fi­cult this off­sea­son to ob­tain the long-term con­tract he has been cov­et­ing.

“I think that’s some­thing that you

def­i­nitely have to think about be­cause everybody’s gonna won­der why I’m not play­ing,” Davis said. “It’s even like, everybody’s got ques­tions why, but at the end of the day, all I need is one team to be­lieve in me, and if it’s here or if it’s not here, I’m gonna show them that I’m a pro and I’m able to play in this league.”

— some­thing I do no think about.”

Still, a lame-duck sea­son would be far from ideal for any coach. Shanahan was ear­lier asked a sim­i­lar ques­tion about play­ers who are en­ter­ing the fi­nal year of their con­tracts, too. That ques­tion elicited a sim­i­lar re­sponse.

“I think any­body that’s in the last year of their con­tract, some of these play­ers, they un­der­stand the re­al­ity of what we’re deal­ing with,” Shanahan said. “They’d like to put the best per­for­mance on tape. That gives them more lever­age and right­fully so. We’d like our play­ers to make as much money as pos­si­ble be­cause they work ex­tremely hard for us.”

Shanahan’s teams went a com­bined 11-21 dur­ing his first two sea­sons with the Red­skins and missed the play­offs both times. But last year a seven-game win streak to end the reg­u­lar sea­son led to a 10-6 record and an NFC East ti­tle be­fore an NFC wild card loss to the Seat­tle Seahawks. This year Wash­ing­ton is again off to a 3-6 start, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion about whether owner Daniel Sny­der will give his coach an ex­ten­sion or force him to play out next sea­son with one year left on his deal.

“Any time I talk about a con­tract, whether if it’s a player or a coach, it’s al­ways af­ter the sea­son,” Shanahan said. “Once we get started we don’t talk about it be­cause we got to fo­cus on each game and if you don’t fo­cus on the game you take away from what you’re try­ing to ac­com­plish.”

— The Los An­ge­les Dodgers hired Na­tion­als as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager and VP for player per­son­nel Roy Clark as a na­tional scout. Clark had been with the Nats since Oc­to­ber 2009. … The Cap­i­tals re­as­signed de­fense­man Dmitry Orlov to the AHL Her­shey Bears. … D.C. United for­ward Michael Seaton, 17, has been called up to the Ja­maican na­tional team for friendlies Fri­day and Tues­day against Trinidad & Tobago.

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