Friday, February 1, 2013
Another tag for Fred Davis?
By Tim Kavanagh
Last year's crop of franchise tags set a new NFL record, and a number of teams have players that will be considered for the designation this offseason as well. One of those clubs is the Washington Redskins, and the player in question is TE Fred Davis, who, incidentally, was their franchise taggee last time around.
Though Davis didn't establish the kind of instant connection with QB Robert Griffin III that some analysts thought he would, the USC product did have some fine games, including a seven-catch, 90-yard effort in Week 3. Nevertheless, a season-ending Achilles tendon injury truncated his season to just seven games, with his contract set to expire after 2012.
Of the Redskins' offseason plans at the position, John Keim of the Washington Times writes that the club needs to "Re-sign Davis. The tricky part is what do you pay him? If they used the franchise tag on him again it would cost around $6.6 million. Can they afford it? Or would it be best to sign him to multi-year deal with a lower cost per season?"
A two- or three-year pact would certainly be more cap-friendly, and this is a key consideration as they look to bolster certain portions of the roster this offseason.