Fred Davis re-signs with Redskins on 1-year deal
Fred Davis was the Washington Redskins’ top receiver with 24 catches for 325 yards until he tore his Achilles tendon 27-23 loss to New York Giants this past October. The 27-year-old Fred Davis ended last season on the injured reserve after playing in just seven games.
This is the second straight season Fred Davis is on a one-year deal after spending 2012 under the franchise tag with a $5.4 million base salary.
Fred Davis entered the open market in hopes of landing a multi-year deal. But Fred Davis’ free agent value was affected by a slow market for tight ends and his history of injury. However, Fred Davis has shown explosiveness at the position when he’s completely healthy.
In 2011, Fred Davis was onto a career year with 59 catches for 796 yards before he was suspended for the final four games of the season due to testing positive for illegal substances.
The deal benefits both sides since the cash-strapped Washington Redskins made a bargain pickup on the free agent market, while Fred Davis will have an opportunity to search for a better contract when he re-enters the market after the 2013 season.
Although the Washington Redskins expected to keep Fred Davis, who too maintained a desire of remaining with the team despite exploring other options, the tight end was also being pursued by the Buffalo Bills. Fred Davis cancelled a visit to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday and cancelled a visit to the New York Jets to mull over the offers made by both, the Bills and Washington Redskins. Although the Fred Davis reportedly had a better deal on the table from the Buffalo Bills, the Washington Redskins improved their offer or theirs Davis just decided to stay with the team.
The Washington Redskins also re-signed tight end Logan Paulsen this offseason. So Fred Davis will be in starting competition with Logan Paulsen if he is able to return to make a full recovery in time for training camp.
A second-round pick by the Washington Redskins in 2008 NFL draft, Fred Davis amassed 155 receptions for 1,973 yards and 12 touchdowns in 62 career games over five seasons with the Redskins.