Brian Orakpo, Redskins not working on long-term deal

In fact thats the usual way, no? The czar and Louis XVI, among countless others, put up quite a fight before going. Indeed, conspicuous precedent for forced change exists with respect to this selfsame Washington football club. The team, as most people now know, was the last in the National Football League to integrate, pulling up the rear by some distance. It did so only when forced to by the Kennedy administration. George Preston Marshall, the racist owner (who gave the team its current name), wanted a new stadium. What we now call RFK Stadium was built on land owned by the Department of the Interior, which gave Kennedys aggressively integrationist interior secretary, Stewart Udall, the right to demand that Marshalls team abide by federal non-discrimination laws. The racist was cornered.

The Miami Herald Updated: 2013-06-18T23:33:24Z By LEONARD PITTS JR. The Miami Herald For years, Ive argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called N-word which, to my ears, is, inalterably, a statement of self-loathing. They say I dont understand. They say the word no longer means what it has always meant. They say its just a friendly fraternal greeting. I say that, while language does change over time, it doesnt do so because a few of us want it to or tell it to. And I say that if I call you an idiot, but say that idiot now means genius, you will be no less insulted.

When it came time for Davis to review his offers, a multiyear deal was nowhere in sight. "Whenever a team can use something to their advantage, they always will and I think (last year's torn Achilles tendon) injury is something a team can use to their advantage," Davis told USA TODAY Sports. "But this is football. It's what I love to do, and I love competition, so I don't mind proving myself all over again." And that's exactly what he'll have to do. Davis agreed to return to the Redskins on a one-year, $2.5 million deal, with an additional $1.25 million in incentives, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations who requested anonymity because terms of the contract were not announced. And with the one-year contract, Davis has to ease concerns about his ability to stay on the field -- and stay out of trouble. The 27-year-old missed 10 games a year ago due to injury and has a checkered past when it comes to off-the-field issues. In 2011, he was suspended for the final four games of the season for a third failed drug test. Ten months before that, he was sued for allegedly assaulting a woman by dumping a drink on her in a nightclub, a case still ongoing.

Friend(s) Email More Columns > The Washington Redskins aren't known for their great young talent, especially on defense. So you would think they would do everything possible to keep their best players under contract. But linebacker Brian Orakpo is a tricky player to evaluate. Coming off another torn pectoral muscle,'s Dan Graziano writes that he believes the Redskins intend to let Orakpo play out the final year of his rookie contract instead of re-signing him to a long-term contract this offseason. Orakpo has torn his left pectoral muscle twice in as many years, although it cost him significant playing time only in the 2012 season. Orakpo made the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons in the NFL, recording 29.5 sacks in his first 49 career games. "I'm not worried about it ," Orakpo said last week, via the Washington Post.