'Good-luck' bird pays visit to WFT training camp, earns name and contract

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'Good-luck' bird earns name, contract at WFT training camp originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Nationals have a praying mantis, the Orioles have a cat and now the Washington Football Team has found its unofficial good-luck charm. 

His name is Ted the Bird and after showing up to training camp the past few days, he's already earned himself a lifetime contract with Washington. 

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Ted reportedly declined comment on the team's quarterback situation, per the Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala, who apparently named the bird herself, but he put on an impressive display of agility in his lone day at camp. 

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Ted's availability for the rest of camp is up in the air, as he tends to fly away from the field entirely at inopportune moments. Experts around the league believe he has first-round talent as a playmaker on the outside thanks to his speed and ability to avoid defenders.

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But the flight risk will continue to be an issue and no one's sure if he can take a hit. If not, Ted could very well continue his career behind the scenes.

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Earlier in the week, Nats center fielder Victor Robles played an inning with a praying mantis on his hat.

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And the Orioles refused to let a cat into their bullpen at Yankee Stadium, instead watching it clown New York's grounds crew and delaying their game for five minutes. 

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Despite the lifetime deal, coach Ron Rivera and his staff have yet to comment on Ted's chances of making the 53-man roster at the end of camp.