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Report: Redskins plan to franchise Fred Davis


When Redskins tight end Fred Davis was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, coach Mike Shanahan said he was disappointed, big time. But apparently not so disappointed that Shanahan doesn’t want Davis on the team.

The Redskins plan to put the franchise tag on Davis prior to the start of free agency March 13, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, via

The suspension aside, Davis had his best season in the NFL last year, catching 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent, and the Redskins can be sure to keep him in the fold with the franchise tag.

If Davis signs the one-year franchise tender, he’d get a guaranteed salary of about $5.5 million in 2012.

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22 Responses to “Report: Redskins plan to franchise Fred Davis”
  1. bigjdve says: Feb 8, 2012 8:21 AM

    This would be a really stupid move. His value dropped like a rock after the pot suspension. Given his propensity for stupid actions, where ever he goes, there is a serious chance he will get that year suspension.

    Oh well, if they do keep him, maybe they can teach him how to block.

  2. mpayne12 says: Feb 8, 2012 8:39 AM

    Sorry its a good move. If he gets suspened they still have cooley (given he’s healthy) hes one of the very few positions on offense thats a bright spot. Give the guy a year to prove he’s grown up and should earn a longer contract. If he gets suspened he’s done

  3. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 8, 2012 8:40 AM

    Good move. Hopefully they can get Cooley on the field also. Need a QB!! With a QB the Skins would be a playoff team. HTTR

  4. weneedlinemen42 says: Feb 8, 2012 9:06 AM

    Jason La Canfora, reporting things that sound suspiciously like guesswork since 2003.

    Other gems. No chance that they’ll pursue Albert Haynesworth in free agency, no interest, no cap room.

    Redskins desperate to trade up to the 2-spot, to draft Blaine Gabbert.

    His inside sources gave him no warning about the McNabb trade from the Eagles or to the Vikings. He continually predicted the imminent trade of Albert Haynesworth, right up to the last draft. He rather conspiculously failed to give advanced warning of his trade to the Patriots.

    He is no better with the rest of the NFC East. He recently predicted Spagnuolo would sign with the Eagles.

  5. hendawg21 says: Feb 8, 2012 9:16 AM

    Nice move if it happens Davis has proved he’s a play maker at TE and if he choses or another team choses to sign him at least you get something in return. One would hope that after being embarassed publicly for smoking weed that some guys get it…not only that you hope people with level heads will/would have talked to him about what he’s possibly about to throw away…of course then there is the other side some guys just figure they can beat the system…i’d still draft one this year just in case because Fred might relapse and Cooley well he just can’t seem to stay healthy lately…

  6. letsgolos says: Feb 8, 2012 9:27 AM

    I thought Cooley was a FA. If so, wouldn’t this mean he’s likely gone?

  7. jenniferxxx says: Feb 8, 2012 9:31 AM

    Instant unhappy camper.

  8. RomosRibs says: Feb 8, 2012 9:50 AM

    Cooley’s SPENT! You guys gotta be kiddin me. Prototypical Skinneds fans.

  9. weneedlinemen42 says: Feb 8, 2012 9:54 AM

    letsgolos says:Feb 8, 2012 9:27 AM

    I thought Cooley was a FA. If so, wouldn’t this mean he’s likely gone?

    Cooley is still under contract, for around $4m. Cap savings from cutting him are relatively small.

    I think he is likely to be retained. Others think he might be asked to accept a pay-cut.

  10. burgandyandgoldfan says: Feb 8, 2012 10:16 AM

    Simple communication breakdown… Davis was asking to “legalize it” and Synder though he has said “franchise it”.

  11. mightymightylafootball says: Feb 8, 2012 10:25 AM

    Davis has violated the league’s substance abuse policy twice. The most recent earned him a four-game suspension.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t a third violation entail a MANDATORY one-year suspension?

    TL;DR: If Davis fires up even one more blunt, the ‘Skins just franchised a players that wont play the entire season.


  12. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:31 AM

    i like it cause if he fails a whiz quiz this year,he’s banned from the league!maybe now he can grow up!

  13. bunkmcnulty says: Feb 8, 2012 10:35 AM

    Wow. If the numbers stated on here are correct (and that is an IF), the skins would tie up $9 million in cap space in TE’s? I know the guy has upside, but he is a risk too.

    Right player, right price…oh that’s what my team does, not the skins.

  14. blackfoot11 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:44 AM

    This is a smart financial move by the Skins. He is tendered a one-year $5.5 million contract, not a new multi-year deal. If he has a relapse and gets banned for a year, his one-year salary is a nominal cap hit and they could cut there losses during or after the 2012 season. This puts the ball in Davis court to perform and prove he has learn from his missteps. The guy is talented, but expendable.

  15. blackfoot11 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:47 AM

    The use of the tag on Davis….spells the end of Landry’s tenure as a Redskin.

  16. jgreeds says: Feb 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    Great news for him. I have to support players who are from the same hometown as me. Even if we both left Toledo and never looked back. Lol.

  17. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Feb 8, 2012 11:12 AM

    JUST BLAZE! your way to another losing season.

  18. brenenostler says: Feb 8, 2012 11:24 AM

    I remember this guy when he first became famous by oversleeping and missing a day of minicamp his rookie season

  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 8, 2012 11:25 AM

    “Son, I’m going to pay you millions to work here for the next year. If you don’t smoke pot, I’ll pay you millions more for a few more years after that. Can you do it?”

    “Uhhhhh…..maybe….lemme think about it and I’ll get back to you”. “Hey, Trent, what you think?”

  20. therealsmiley says: Feb 8, 2012 12:02 PM

    It’s a good move. Hail!

  21. orf14fire says: Feb 8, 2012 12:23 PM

    I know that no redskins executive is reading this nor do they care about my opinion, but I am all about keeping Davis as long as it does not interfere with keeping COOLEY. Cooley is the heart and soul of this team he has a lot more years ahead of him and he is one of the best TE in the league. Yeah sure Coley has been hurt this year and that is the only reason Davis had a good year. Cooley is heads above Davis is catching, running, BLOCKING,and overall threat on the field. So keep them both a play 2 te 2 we and helu in the back field get us a decent qb. And we are set. Hail to the REDSKINS

  22. waltdawg says: Feb 8, 2012 4:40 PM

    Yes…Cooley has decompensated to the point of being in the bottom 50% of TEs in the league…However I am a skins fan with hope!

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