For the last two years, the Washington Redskins have wrestled with the idea of re-signing veteran tight end Fred Davis to a long-term deal. In the last two days, Davis helped the team make a not-so-tough decision.
On Wednesday, Davis received an indefinite suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, his second violation since 2011. Instead of going about the situation the right way and trying to appeal the suspension, though, he chose to drink away his sorrows.
On Thursday afternoon, Davis was spotted slumped over in his car, which was sitting in the middle of an intersection in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. When police arrived on the scene, Davis attempted to drive away but was stopped. After failing a sobriety test, officers slapped cuffs on the Redskins tight end and hauled him away – he has since been charged with a DUI.
As if the suspension wasn’t already bad enough, now Davis faces even more discipline from the league after this latest incident.
Considering the Redskins’ current standing with the veteran tight end, it would appear clear what they should do about his expiring contract – let it expire.
Davis is going through some sort of meltdown right now, something that a rebuilding team simply doesn’t need in their locker room. Especially with the team already dealing with pressure from numerous directions to change their name, the Redskins don’t need a problem player on their hands bringing them further attention from the media. I’m sure they’ll already get plenty more of it from allowing Davis to crash this hard.
Since 2011, Davis has been on a steady decline. After a down year in 2012 (24 receptions, 325 yards), he took an even bigger stumble in 2013, amassing only seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t been the weapon he used to be, and the emergence of Jordan Reed should put the final nail in the coffin.
It was great while it lasted, but it’s time for the Redskins to walk away from Davis and let him sort out his personal issues.