Quite a good read.
Totally clarifies the Roger Saffold 'thing'
Q: The one blip in free agency is when the Rodger Saffold situation came down, and you were clear in that you advised against signing him because of a shoulder injury. Did Reggie make the call on that or did you make the call? Or was it your advice that swayed Reggie?
Mark Davis: My advice to Reggie _ Reggie had the final say on it _ but I was pretty strong in the fact that if it was me, I wouldnít do it. Reggie had the final say on it, but I would think I might have had a lot to do with his thought process. I donít know. Youíd have to ask him. I got a call in the morning from the trainer, and Rod Martin says Iíve got some bad news. And he said Rodger Saffold failed his physical. I said what do you mean he failed? He said in a report from St. Louis, he had a torn labrum. I had no ideal what a labrum was. He said itís a shoulder muscle. They took him and did some pictures of him. I asked what does that mean? He said he could play with it, have pain, and play with it, but at some point itís going to tear. We either let him play with it or we do the surgery now, fix it now, and he should be ready by training camp. I said what do you mean, should be ready? After last year, with DJ (Hayden) and the injuries and things like that and how things kept coming up, I got scared. Thereís a lot of money on the line for this season with him. So I talked with Reggie, and said, he failed his physical and youíve got to make that decision, but I wouldnít go ahead and do it. And he decided not to do it. Itís one of those things youíve got to make a decision on.