Free agent tight end Fred Davis came out Wednesday and said that he plans to meet with the New York Jets about potentially signing with the team. This is of course in addition to his meeting with the Buffalo Bills, and at the same time where the Washington Redskins are trying to retain his services.
Davis is coming off a season in which he only played seven games due to an achilles injury, but at 27, he’s still got plenty of years left in him. At 6’3″ and 250 lbs, Davis is the ideal modern day tight end, bringing a solid mix of size and speed to the table.
The Jets have to be extremely thrilled that he’s coming to town for a visit, because a play-making tight end is just what they need on offense. With the departure of Dustin Keller, New York is in worse position than they were at the end of last season, which is saying something.
The big question – will the Jets pay Davis? He’s a player that won’t come cheap, and the Bills have more money to throw at him than anyone else.
Last season, Davis made $5.4 million after being hit with the franchise tag in Washington. It’s tough to gauge what kind of money he’ll get offered on the market this year, but five to seven mil is certainly a realistic range. That might be a little much for the Jets, but at the same time, Davis would be a very solid building block for the franchise.
If New York is serious about getting better right away in 2013, signing Davis should be a top priority. Whether they can convince him to come to a team that’s just a mess right now, is a whole other situation.
Chances that Fred Davis signs a long-term contract with the Jets – 30%.
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