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Report: Redskins Considering Franchise Tag For Fred Davis
The Washington Redskins will pursue placing the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis this offseason, allowing the unrestricted free agent to return to the team on a one-year deal valued at approximately $5.5 million, according to the NFL Network.
Davis, who recently completed his fourth year with the Redskins, set career highs with 59 receptions for 796 yards while adding three touchdowns. He was suspended for the final four games of the season after failing multiple drug tests, ending his year prematurely.
The tight end’s value on the open market is uncertain. He grew into one of the better receivers at the position over the past year, but another failed drug test would cost Davis a season, which surely will cause potential teams a great deal of hesitation.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after the season that he was interested in having Davis return to the team. Davis’ goal before the year began was to prove that he could be a starting tight end in the NFL.
Per the terms of the collective bargaining agreement ratified just before the 2011 season, the franchise tag allows teams to retain the right to one unrestricted free agent each year, provided that player is paid a salary that is the average of the highest-paid player in each of the past five seasons.
If the Redskins do give Davis a franchise tag offer, that would leave the team unable to do so with safety LaRon Landry, whose future is also uncertain this offseason as he comes off a second consecutive year hampered by an Achilles’ tendon injury.