Perhaps the biggest name on the Washington Redskins roster that is scheduled to enter into free agency is tight end Fred Davis. In 2012, the Redskins used their franchise tag to keep the playmaking tight end in Washington. However, that shouldn’t be the case for 2013.
Now that he’s had a taste of the big money that comes with being franchised, it’s likely that Davis isn’t going to come cheap. With that said, the Redskins don’t have a lot of cap room to play with. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Redskins were still productive after Davis suffered his season-ending Achilles injury against the New York Giants in the first meeting between the two teams.
After he left, the Redskins finished 7-2, with all seven of those wins coming in succession to end the season, allowing the Redskins to clinch the NFC East for the first time since 1999. So for that kind of money, do they really even need Davis? He was the team’s leading receiver at the time his season came to an end, but that was mainly because Pierre Garcon missed significant time at the beginning of the season with a foot injury.
He is a good player, I will give him that. But with Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul improving after Davis’ absence, it’s not essential for the Redskins to have a top of the line tight end to get to the playoffs again. Plus, there are other free agent tight ends that aren’t likely to fetch as much cash, such as Jared Cook, Dustin Keller and Heath Miller. Or the Redskins could just settle with what they have.
The point is, now that the Redskins have shown what they can do without Davis, they should use that as leverage when trying to re-sign him. If he doesn’t like it and demands elite money, then it may be time to show him the door. There’s plenty of other positions on the team that the Redskins can throw money at to improve the team.
Korey Beckett is a writer for RantSports.com. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or comments.