Fred Davis Signs Redskins’ Franchise Tender, Remains On One-Year Deal
Tight end Fred Davis, who was designated as the Washington Redskins’ franchise player on March 2, officially signed that offer on Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth approximately $5,446,000.
The Redskins still will try to reach a long-term contract with Davis, 26, who had 59 receptions for 796 yards and three touchdowns through 12 games last season before being suspended for the final four games by the league for multiple failed drug tests.
“We franchised Fred because he was our most valuable free agent who we couldn’t get a deal done with, and we’re hoping to get a deal done with him, a longer-term deal, and we’ll see what happens in the future,” general manager Bruce Allen said last week.
Davis was the Redskins’ leading receiver through 12 games and had a breakout season, taking over for the injured Chris Cooley as a primary option at the position early in the year. He expressed a desire during training camp last summer to prove that he could be a starting-caliber tight end in the NFL – something he managed to do.
But moving past the multiple failed drug tests are important for Davis, who will be suspended for a year should he fail a third. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said when the season ended that he had a conversation with Davis and has no concern it will happen again.
“I do feel very good about Fred as a person,” Shanahan said on Jan. 2. “I liked the way he worked. I like his attitude. I like his development over the last year and a half since I’ve been here. I think he’s had a complete change in the way he’s handled himself off the field to prepare himself to be a consummate pro with working out. Hopefully the mistake won’t happen again that he made this year.”
Davis, who was a second-round pick of the Redskins, was scheduled to make just $555,000 last season, the last on his rookie contract, but surrendered approximately $138,000 as a result of the suspension.