The Washington Redskins expected to keep tight end Fred Davis all along. They weren't disappointed.
Davis has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Redskins, a source close to the player told NFL.com's Albert Breer on Friday.
Davis was one of the top free agents still available, and one of our favorite bargain pickups all along. He's a big injury question coming off a torn Achilles tendon, but has shown to be one of the most explosive players at his position when healthy. Davis didn't get the long-term love that he was hoping for in free agency, so he'll re-enter the market again next year at age 28, ideally in better health.
Over the last 19 games, Davis has averaged 6.9 fantasy points, which would have been the 11th-highest average in 2012. The problem is that he has only played 19 games in two seasons. (He missed four games in 2011 due to suspension after failing multiple drug tests.) His Achilles is obviously a concern, but it's a good thing that his situation isn't changing for the worse. If both he and Robert Griffin III are healthy, we can expect low-end TE1 numbers along the lines of Jermichael Finley or Jermaine Gresham. The signing is obviously good news for RG3.