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Mike Shanahan: Redskins weighing options with Fred Davis

File photo of Davis turning to run after a catch against the New York Jets during the first half of their NFL football game in Landover Reuters

Earlier this week, Redskins tight end Fred Davis, who has been inactive the last two weeks, said during a radio interview that he has not requested a trade away from the team.

Davis also said that he hasn’t spoken with coach Mike Shanahan about his status in several weeks, something Shanahan said wasn’t true while speaking to reporters on Thursday. Shanahan said he’s spoken to Davis about why he isn’t part of the lineup on Sundays — limited roster space at tight end with Logan Paulsen, Jordan Reed and Niles Paul — and what he needs to do in order to get back into the mix.

Shanahan was also asked about the possibility of a trade involving Davis and stopped well short of saying that Davis would remain with the team. Shanahan explained that the team had to weigh the potential return in a deal against the chance that they might have a need for Davis later this season.

“That’s what people do when you make a decision if you think you need a draft choice, or if you think that person can help you later in the year, especially with an injury,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “The thing I think that Fred has done, is he had an excellent week of practice. Any time people compete, you feel good about who they are and what they do.”

The trade deadline falls on Tuesday, so the Redskins’ ultimate choice on that front won’t remain unknown much longer.

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15 Responses to “Mike Shanahan: Redskins weighing options with Fred Davis”
  1. djcologne says: Oct 25, 2013 9:34 AM

    Who is Fred Davis?

  2. jimmyt says: Oct 25, 2013 9:41 AM

    Bet he’s keeping his fingers crossed and hoping for a trade.

  3. thirdistheworrd says: Oct 25, 2013 9:47 AM

    Not sure what there is to mull about on this one. As a die-hard Redskins fan, and even a strong Davis-supporter, I was kind of already kind worried that he would pull a Fat Al,turn it up to 11 in his contract year, and then squat on a big chunk of salary cap for next half-decade. Luckily Freddy has been doing the exact opposite. I can’t rememeber if I’ve seen a player ever give less of an effort on the field than Davis has given so far this season. That doesn’t mean talent isn’t there, or that Davis isn’t looking for one more big paycheck, in fact, I’m not sure what it means, It’s just bizarre

    The top 5 safety salaries and top 5 TE salaries are roughly even: The Bills will lose Jairus Byrd on the first day if the Offseaso, anyway; as will the Redskins Davis. A straight up tag for tag; Byrd for Davis swap could make me change my pants right now, and could still put one of the league’s flashiest safety net out in front of TJ or Thad, or who ever’s under ceter right now.

  4. geniusesq says: Oct 25, 2013 9:49 AM

    Keep him

  5. rg3andthensome says: Oct 25, 2013 9:58 AM

    Why not him for Byrd….Or has that ship sailed?

  6. tillihawk says: Oct 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    He should not have opened his mouth about the Redskins name !!!

  7. ingraven says: Oct 25, 2013 10:15 AM

    Packers will take him. They actually NEED him. Hope J.Finley can come back eventually though.

  8. raiderufan says: Oct 25, 2013 10:24 AM

    The Raiders should throw a 7th rounder out there and see what comes back.

    Rivera has looked good but we other wise have nothing at the postion but injuries and slow footed plotting.

    What could it hurt?

  9. ndrick731 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:17 AM

    He will be in GB for a 6th rounder

  10. j1stat says: Oct 25, 2013 11:35 AM

    Davis for Byrd straight up? you must b kidding. regardless of Buffalo and byrds outcome there’s no way. Davis is #4 in Washington and your calling him a top 5te. I would like to see him in Buffalo as I woulda before wash. resigned him. but for Byrd? all Buffalo fans are hoping we’ve moved past these kinds of moves we’ve been laughed at for for years.

  11. patricesw says: Oct 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    Davis for Byrd

  12. jusford says: Oct 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    Depending on the cap hit, I could see him going to Green Bay and putting Finley on IR. He would be playing for a new team next year (not the Packers).

  13. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    Washington Fredskins!

  14. commonsensedude says: Oct 25, 2013 1:19 PM

    Why would a team give up something for Fred when they can just wait two months and get him for a below market price?

  15. thirdistheworrd says: Oct 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    j1stat says: Oct 25, 2013 11:35 AM

    Davis for Byrd straight up? you must b kidding. regardless of Buffalo and byrds outcome there’s no way. Davis is #4 in Washington and your calling him a top 5te. I would like to see him in Buffalo as I woulda before wash. resigned him. but for Byrd? all Buffalo fans are hoping we’ve moved past these kinds of moves we’ve been laughed at for for years.
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    Davis is supposed to be number 1 in Washington, and is by no means a top 5 TE, but I’m discussing solely the salary cap implications: the main reasons neither Byrd nor Davis has bee booted out of their repective towns yet. As tagged players they both receive the average of the five highest paid players at their position, something that makes players like Dwayne Bowe or Ryan Clady very difficult to deal with, but both Davis and Byrd are in that middle range for skill-position players, making a swap financially possible.

    Value-wise I agree that Byrd for Davis is not exactly fair for the Bills, I figured it would be more like Byrd, a conditional fifth, or something. Either way, the point of the trade is; as commonsensdude says, from both perspective:Why would a team give up something for [Fred/Jairus] when they can just wait two months and get him for a below market price? If these two teams worked something out, it would ensure them both player they wanted for the future without any free agency fuss in march.

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