Pending free agent Reed Doughty says he hopes to re-sign with the Redskins but added that he does not anticipate doing so before hitting the open market when free agency begins next Tuesday.
“We’ve talked to them,” Doughty said Thursday morning in Lovettsville, Va., where he spoke to elementary school students about nutrition. “We’re on good terms and we’ll see what happens.”
Doughty has been a Redskin since the team picked him in the sixth round of the 2006 draft, which puts him among the three longest tenured players in Washington. The 31-year-old has started eight or more games at safety in each season since 2010 and last November was elected special teams captain by his teammates. He’s well respected in the locker room for his tireless preparation and the effort he exhibits on the field.
Doughty makes his offseason home here and acknowledged that his first option would be to stay. But it’s a business and, as he said, the team can’t sign everyone.
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“It’s a process,” added Doughty, who counted $1.5 million against the salary cap last season. “It’s the part nobody sees, the uprooting of families, etc. You have to make a good sound decision for yourself and do what’s best for your family.”
Asked if he believes he’ll get a deal worked out in Washington, Doughty said: “I don’t have expectations. I’m proud of what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished and I want to do some more. I’m working out very hard to prepare myself. I think they’ll do what’s best for the team and if I’m a part of that, which I hope I am, I’d be happy to be a part of it. If not, I understand the business.”
Although free agency is a nerve-racking process for some players, Doughty has been through it a couple of times before and insists he won’t be stressing out over the next few weeks.
“At this point for me, I’ve been blessed to do this for eight years,” he said. “I’m preparing like I’ve always prepared—and I’m all in. I’m preparing mentally and physically. I’ll let my agent and the rest of the teams figure out the business side. I’m anticipating [free agency], but it’s not hanging over my head.”