Veteran long snapper Rob Davis signed a one-year contract extension with the Green Bay Packers earlier this month, according to his agent. Davis was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 2.
Davis’ agent, Kevin M. Gold, told PackerReport.com that his client received a deal similar to the one-year contract that he signed last season, including a modest bonus. Davis will earn a league-minimum base salary of $820,000, but count only $435,000 against the team’s salary cap in accordance with the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. The salary cap is projected to be about $109 million in 2007. Davis received a $40,000 bonus upon completion of the team’s off-season workout program, which begins March 19, as part of the deal, Gold said.
"Rob was happy to be able to stay in Green Bay for another season and the
Packers were very interested in having him back and maintaining the
stability he provides in the locker room and to the kicking and punting
units," Gold said.
Davis, 38, is the oldest of the players on Green Bay’s roster, but still a very effective long snapper. He is returning for an 11th season in Green Bay and 12th overall in the NFL.
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 quarterback Brett Favre, and he showed no signs of regression with his snaps in 2006.
“It was understood at the last meeting that I would like to remain a Packer," Davis said. "I have roots set up here, I have quite a few friends outside of the organization, so we make this our home year-round. I was certainly willing to seek other places, but at this point in my career, I’d just like to finish up in Green Bay if I could.”
Other players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents for the Packers on March 2, including running back Ahman Green, tight ends Donald Lee and David Martin, linebackers Ben Taylor and Tracy White, and defensive tackle Kenderick Allen. Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins will be a restricted free agent in March, allowing the Packers some leverage in negotiations because they can tender him a contract that ensures their right to match any deal he signs in free agency, or receive a high draft pick as compensation.
PackerReport.com's Matt Tevsh contributed to this story.