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Fred Davis could still land multi-year deal with Redskins

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When Redskins tight end Fred Davis tore his left Achilles tendon in October, it seemed like his bid for a long-term contract starting in the 2013 season was torn to shreds with it.

Players coming off serious injuries don’t tend to land multi-year commitments, but Davis may not be out of luck. Mike Jones of the Washington Post spoke to a “league insider” who said that Davis could still land such a deal with the Redskins. The caveat is that the deal would be incentive-driven so that Davis is making less if he isn’t able to be on the field for the Redskins (or another team, presumably) during the term of the deal.

If such a deal is on the table, it could make for a tough decision for Davis. He was in line for a big payday this offseason after getting slapped with the franchise tag last season, but his injury will almost certainly mean he winds up making less money in 2013. Davis could take the security of a longer, less lucrative deal or he could opt to roll the dice on a one-year contract in hopes of hitting it big again this time next year.

Either way, Davis is likely to have a few million reasons to prove that he can be a significant contributor on the field in 2013.

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10 Responses to “Fred Davis could still land multi-year deal with Redskins”
  1. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 13, 2013 12:38 PM

    The Redskins should try to keep him, but they do need to manage payroll wisely… Imagine next year with all those weapons healthy and some upgrades at RT and DB….

  2. elliottcovert says: Feb 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    Fredskins

  3. bigmikeskinsfan says: Feb 13, 2013 12:47 PM

    IF he comes back to the Skins he wont get the money he thinks he deserves. But one thing he will have to do; start producing and stop acting like a fool. He needs to look at how Fat Albert was handled and realize that Shan isnt going to put up with his nonsense.

  4. timbuttrum says: Feb 13, 2013 1:04 PM

    “The Redskins should try to keep him, but they do need to manage payroll wisely… Imagine next year with all those weapons healthy and some upgrades at RT and DB….”

    And a full salary cap….

  5. rgtre10 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:10 PM

    Well for the mere fact that this came from a Washington Post sports writer gives it no credibility…they have to be the worst group of journalist…

  6. jwreck says: Feb 13, 2013 1:12 PM

    bigmikeskinsfan says: Feb 13, 2013 12:47 PM

    IF he comes back to the Skins he wont get the money he thinks he deserves. But one thing he will have to do; start producing and stop acting like a fool. He needs to look at how Fat Albert was handled and realize that Shan isnt going to put up with his nonsense.
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    I agree with 90% of what you said, but I would argue that, like Trent Williams, Davis’ “nonsense” has stopped already. Davis really showed last year that he had stopped acting a fool. He explained in an interview that his off-the-field issues were largely a result of living with his knucklehead brother and subsequently hanging out with a bad crowd. Following his supension he asked his brother to move out and, like Williams, worked hard to clean up his act and produce more on the field. In 2012 he really stepped up his game and, depending on how his Achilles heels up, probably deserves a big, or at least incentive laden, contract.

    In the end it boils down to how Jared Cook, who has also had injury issues, and Fred Davis look in their physicals, and how much Washington would have to pay for either one.

    Cook is a younger, more physical version of Davis; and if Davis hasn’t cleaned up his act as much as he says he has, or is asking for too much money, it would be easy to see Shanahan cutting him loose in favor of Cook.

  7. obnoxiousDCfan says: Feb 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    First the weed, then the Achilles. Not that the two are related, but I’ve seen enough of the Redskins without him to not really care whether he’s there or not.

  8. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    He is over-rated i hope we tag him and trade his rights or let hime walk, he has never been any good. i rather see us draft ND TE Tyler Efiert and go with the combo of him and Paulson istead of wasting more time on bums like davis and paul

  9. deddmunnie says: Feb 13, 2013 2:49 PM

    How do you not mention that Sleepy Davis is one failed drug test away from sitting out for a year? This more than his injury status is why he should sign on the cheap long term. Or the very reasonable at least.

  10. jwreck says: Feb 13, 2013 3:21 PM

    paredskinwarrior1985 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    He is over-rated i hope we tag him and trade his rights or let hime walk, he has never been any good. i rather see us draft ND TE Tyler Efiert and go with the combo of him and Paulson istead of wasting more time on bums like davis and paul
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    The chance that Eifert is around by the Redskins first pick this year (No. 55) is very slim; but even if he was, are you really saying the Redskins should draft a tight end instead of defensive back with that pick, especially when Washington could sign Davis, who’s a better fit than Eifert anyway.

    And as for your complaints about Paul, I’m not a big fan of his as a pass-catcher (although he is an awesome downfield blocker), and since won’t be cut, due to his killer special-teams play, DC might as well let the Paul TE experiment go on for as long as Shanny wants it to.

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