Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Can Redskins afford TE Davis?
By Tom Carpenter
One of the more difficult decisions that the Washington Redskins will have to make this offseason is how to handle free-agent TE Fred Davis. It's a multi-pronged issue. First, they will have to balance the upside his raw talent brings with the fact that he is recovering from a ruptured Achilles. Second, is how much to pay him. If they were to slap the franchise tag on him for a second straight season, it would cost them about $6.4 million.
A longer-term extension that protects a suitor if he gets hurt again may be the most likely scenario, whether Davis inks with the Redskins are another team, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.
"One league insider said that the Redskins, or some other team with interest in Davis, could offer him a multi-year deal despite his injury-shortened 2012 campaign," he wrote. "But they said to protect themselves, teams could structure the deals they offer Davis in a way that would lessen the payout in the event of an unsuccessful return from injury."
Davis suffered his injury at the end of October, which means he may be a PUP-list candidate when training camp starts, though he could be ready for the start of the 2013 regular season if all goes well.