Re-sign or release? Rob Davis

Veteran long snapper destined to remain with Packers at least one more year, says's Todd Korth

While the Packers featured the youngest average age of any NFL team in 2007, 39-year-old Rob Davis - the oldest player on Green Bay's roster - should be back in uniform again for the Packers.

Davis has used his strong right arm to snap the football for punts and extra points for the past 11 seasons for the Packers. He has done as much with consistent accuracy and velocity, and last season was no different.

Aside from a few snaps that were off the target on a blustery, forgettable Dec. 23 day in Chicago, Davis has left the Packers few reasons to turn their backs on him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 28.

"We're definitely open to having Rob back another year," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy at the end of the season.

Davis signed a one-year, $820,000 contract last season with the Packers. It included a $40,000 workout bonus. If he re-signs, the deal probably will be very similar, but with a higher minimum salary for veterans ($830,000).

Davis also served as an assistant to Tim Terry, the team's director of player development last season. Terry replaced former Packers linebacker George Koonce, who departed for Marquette University last June. Davis has said that he wants to serve in player development for an NFL team when he retires from football, so he may pair up with Terry in a similar role to last season aside from his on-field duties.

Davis, the team's NFL player representative, offers the Packers veteran leadership in the locker room. He hasn't missed a game since taking over as the Packers' long snapper since midway through the 1997 season. Only quarterback Brett Favre has been with the team longer than Davis, who turns 40 on Dec. 10.

The Packers would be wise to re-sign Davis and attempt to groom an eventual replacement in the offseason. Defensive tackle Corey Williams and offensive lineman Tony Moll served as the team's backup long snappers last season, but neither come close to Davis' ability. Plus, Williams is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and the Packers are not expected to re-sign him because his price tag may be too high for the salary cap.

Todd Korth is managing editor of and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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