Leonard Davis was back at his Valley home Monday night after officially signing his new contract with the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the day.
But the former Cardinals tackle, who received a seven-year, $49.6 million contract with a $16 million signing bonus, remained a little surprised the Cards didn’t make more of an effort to re-sign him — because he was definitely willing to stay.
“I am glad it turned out the way it did,” Davis said, “but I really considered it an option to come back.”
Davis said his agent heard from the Cards only twice after deciding not to use the franchise tag. Vice president of football operations Rod Graves called while Davis was in the middle of visiting Dallas and Washington to say the Cards were interested in keeping Davis — but the Cards never seriously talked numbers.
The scenario disappointed Davis, who said he had been waiting all season to extend his contract and stay in Arizona.
“There are some guys in that locker room I really enjoyed being around and playing with,” Davis said. “Obviously, over six seasons, not a lot went right, other than my rookie year when we started 4-2.
“When we were 4-2, I wondered why everyone thought it was so bad to be in Arizona. Then we started losing, and it got frustrating.”