Washington Redskins free agent TE Fred Davis canceled his scheduled visit to the New York Jets last night. Instead, after visiting the Buffalo Bills yesterday, he would decide between Buffalo, who offered a two year deal and slightly more money than the Redskins, or to return to the Redskins. That decision has been made. Davis has signed a one year deal to return to Washington.
Davis is coming off a season where he missed more than half the season due to a torn Achilles. That follows a season where he missed the last four games of 2011 due to an NFL mandated suspension due to drugs. Both of those issues caused teams to balk at offering substantial money or years to Davis. Davis opted to return to the Redskins on a one year deal in which he will work to reestablish himself as one of the top, young tight ends in football, and then look to a bigger deal next year.
Davis will play a critical role in Washington's offense behind QB Robert Griffin III. Even though Washington's offense catapulted to one of the tops in the NFL, it should expect to be even better with a healthy Davis involved in the passing game. In the 7 games that Davis did play last season, he caught 24 passes for 325 yards. In 2011, Davis led the Redskins in receiving, grabbing 59 passes for 759 yards and 3 TDs, despite missing the final four games.
Earlier in the off-season, the Redskins resigned TE Logan Paulsen. Davis joins Paulsen, Niles Paul, and DeAngelo Petersen as the four tight ends currently on the roster.