It would have been the easy decision. Then again, this is what Eddie Royal chose: an established offense with a Pro Bowl quarterback and a head coach in Norv Turner who, like him or not, knows how to call a good game.
Maybe the tougher move would have been for Royal to join the Redskins, even though their facilities are 15 minutes from where his alma mater Westfield High School and even though his best season in Denver occurred under Mike Shanahan’s final season. Perhaps Robert Griffin III becomes a Pro Bowl quarterback. But when will that happen? Philip Rivers already is at that level.
“It means a lot to have a guy you know exactly what you’re getting week in and week out,” Royal told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Of course, I could have been comfortable at home and playing for a coach that I played for before. At the end of the day, I had to make the right decision for me.
“It wasn't about being comfortable. It wasn't about playing at home. It was about the best decision for me as a football player and my career. I think I made that decision.”
A three-year deal worth potentially $13.5 million helped sway him too. It was more than the Redskins were willing to offer. And, more often than not, that’s the deciding factor.