Tight end Fred Davis signed with the team he wanted to all along: the Redskins. According to a team source, Davis agreed to a one-year deal to remain in Washington, spurning a potentially more lucrative offer from Buffalo.
Davis had told friends he wanted to stay in Washington, and the Redskins were confident in their ability to re-sign him. They had told people before free agency that they expected him to return. According to a league source, the Bills were willing to give Davis a two-year deal that was potentially worth nearly $700,000 more than Washington’s one-year offer.
The market for Davis was rather dry as the New York Jets expressed some interest, but his visit there was cancelled. Cleveland had been rumored to be interested, but it’s debatable whether they showed legitimate interest or not. With Davis coming off an Achilles’ tear, plus the fact that one more positive drug test will result in a one-year suspension, he could not cash in on his first foray into free agency.
But with a one-year deal Davis can prove he’s healthy, then seek a much bigger deal in 2014. He’s expected to be fine this summer. A healthy Davis combined with a healthy Pierre Garcon would give the Redskins a chance for a potent passing attack. The two biggest threats in the passing game were never healthy together this past season, save for the first quarter of the opener.
Davis wasn’t as big a factor in the passing game even before his injury. Though he was on pace for 55 catches (he caught 59 in 12 games the previous season), his big gains were slightly down. He managed four gains of 20 or more yards – one for every six receptions. Last season he averaged one such play every 4.2 catches. But he averaged 13.5 yards per catch in each of the past two seasons. And in the zone read option, teams often lost sight of Davis, enabling him to find open gaps that should continue this season.
The Redskins have been unable to lure many free agents to Washington, but they have done a good job keeping their own. The only player they lost that they would like to have kept is linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.