The last few months have been tedious for Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, who is currently rehabbing from an Achilles tendon tear that he suffered back in October. While bouncing back from a serious injury is always difficult, the Redskins could offer Davis some incentive to get back at it in 2013.
According to The Washington Post, the Redskins could be looking to offer Davis a multi-year deal full of incentives. Washington slapped Davis with the franchise tag last off-season, effectively paying the five-year veteran $5.5 million for the 2012 campaign.
Davis is an impending free agent who might not do so well on the open market seeing as he’s still in recovery from a significant injury. Tabling an offer that is based heavily on future production seems like the logical move for the Redskins, who are uncertain how Davis will perform once his Achilles is back to working order. It also gives Davis an extra push to get back to the field as early as possible.
Before his injury, Davis hauled in 24 passes for 325 yards through seven games. The former USC Trojan’s 2011 campaign also came to an early end when Davis was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He missed the final five games of that season, but still managed 59 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
Especially with a promising young quarterback at the helm, the Redskins need a talented tight end like Davis in their offensive game plan. Since he was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Davis has been an integral part of the D.C. passing attack, and should maintain that standing assuming the Redskins and him can come to a deal this off-season.
There’s still plenty of production left in Davis. Whether or not the two parties can hammer out a reasonable contract for him is the only thing standing in the way of his continued dominance in D.C.