Re-sign or release? Rob Davis

Veteran long snapper has been consistent for Packers

Like Brett Favre, Rob Davis' arm is as strong as ever. Plus, Davis has a little more bulk, which made him the perfect fit as Green Bay's long snapper for the ninth straight season last year.

Davis, 38, is the oldest of the players on Green Bay's roster, yet his pinpoint accuracy and high velocity with snaps on extra points and punts give him the edge on younger players who try to beat him out in training camp each summer.

Davis signed a one-year deal last off-season for the veteran's minimum of $770,000, including a $25,000 signing bonus. Not a bad wage for a player, who plays about 8 to 10 snaps a game.

Yet, in order to survive as an NFL long-snapper, Davis has to be perfect game after game, which he again was in 2006. Davis not only proved his worth to the Packers with his snapping ability, and also contributed with eight tackles on special teams.

Do the Packers try to re-sign him, or groom a younger player for 2007 to snap on punts and extra points? If Favre is good enough to return to play quarterback for the Packers, Davis certainly deserves at least another season to snap the football, regardless of age. Unless a younger, up-and-coming snapper dethrones Davis in training camp, the Packers should offer him a chance to return for an 11th season in Green Bay and 12th overall in the NFL at a position that shouldn't be overlooked.

Good long snappers are not easy to find. When a team lands a good one, it often will reward him with a big pay day. In January of 2003, the Indianapolis Colts signed long-snapper Justin Snow, then a fourth-year pro, to a four-year deal worth $2 million, including a $250,000 signing bonus. Snow also plays tight end, but is used primarily as the team's snapper.

Davis, at the height of his career, signed a multi-year deal with the Packers in March of 2001. He has played in 151 straight games for Green Bay, second on the team to Favre, and he has showed no signs of regression with his snaps in 2006.

Is he worthy of a multi-year deal? At least two years, and that's something that the Packers may want to consider. In the meantime, if Ted Thompson is unable to find a player better than Davis, than the Packers are still in good hands.


Todd Korth

Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com.


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