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Saints sign Keith Davis to offer sheet

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(Hat tip to Deke for posting this story in the comments)

Well, this is a situation I hadn't really considered. What had gone unmentioned in all the free safety talk was the fact that Keith Davis was a resricted free agent, meaning other clubs could sign to an offer sheet. Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints didn't forget.

Safety Keith Davis, a restricted free agent who started 16 games last year, has agreed to a two-year contract with New Orleans.

The deal, which includes a $1.2 million signing bonus, would allow Davis to earn $2.1 million in 2006. Davis is expected to submit the deal to the league office on Tuesday, which means the Cowboys would then have seven days to match the contract.

The Cowboys offered Davis a one-year contract worth $722,000. He was an undrafted free agent, which means the Cowboys will not receive compensation, if they allow him to go to New Orleans.

Ouch, $2.1 million in 2006? Dallas will have to think long and hard about this one. If the contract was anywhere in the million dollar range I think it would be a no-brainer, but $2.1 million is a lot to pay for a safety you're not sure will even start.

If Davis leaves, not only are we forced to get help at safety, but our special teams takes a blow also. Man, this isn't good.