Davis Signs with Miami

Former Vikings kick returner Nick Davis has signed on to play for Miami in 2004.

Last year heading into training camp, it was apparent that Keenan Howry's future with the team was depending on a position battle with incumbent Nick Davis. Both were being tried out as kick/punt returners and, as wide receivers, both were locked into the same spot with one position available.

An injury took Davis out of the race and, when he returned at midseason, it was obvious Howry had made enough of an impression to win the job outright. With some reluctance, Mike Tice gave Davis his walking papers.

But it may not be the end of the line for Davis. VU has been told Davis has signed a free agent contract with the Dolphins for the veteran minimum and is being touted as a frontrunner to be the Dolphins' kick returner.

While he is sure to face competition for the job, Miami is making a lot of changes on offense and will likely have a wide receiver spot open at the end of the depth chart, which could allow Davis to revive his NFL career.

* Remember when people were crowing about the cornerback class of free agents and VU said wait until Feb. 24 to make sure the best ones aren't franchised? Last week, the Redskins got things started by franchising Champ Bailey. The Raiders followed suit Saturday, slapping the franchise tag on four-time Pro Bowler Charles Woodson -- diluting the talent pool even farther.
* From the Too Absurd to Be True Department comes this: A year ago, the Rams threw the franchise tag on Orlando Pace, whose outrageous contract demands were nearly double what the Rams were willing to pay. Did a year change his mind? Nope. Pace has been asking for a seven-year, $83 million contract with a $24 million signing bonus -- money closer to what Peyton Manning should get than an offensive tackle. The Rams' response? They franchised him for a second straight year.

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