Redskins Franchise Davis, Tender Gano & Lichtensteiger
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The Washington Redskins had a busy Friday afternoon, placing their franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis and extending tender offers to guard Kory Lichtensteiger and kicker Graham Gano.
The 26-year-old Davis had a career-year cut short after he and left tackle Trent Williams violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy for a second time and were suspended for the final four games of the season.
Tagging Davis carries significant risk. A third failed drug test would result in an automatic one year suspension. Head coach Mike Shanahan said he believed Davis and Williams were remorseful for their actions and felt lessons had been learned.
The Redskins are confident in Davis’ commitment to the team.
In 12 games, the USC product caught 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns.
The franchise tag for a tight end is worth approximately $5.4 million.
There had been some speculation that safety LaRon Landry could have wound up with the tag.
Gano made 31 of 41 field goals last season, including a franchise record 59-yarder against San Francisco. His field goal average suffered as a result of five blocks.
Lichtensteiger started five games to start the season for the Redskins, but tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee against Philadelphia.
Lichtensteiger was extended an original round tender according to Rich Campbell of the Washington Times. As a result, a team must give up a fourth-round pick, the round in which he was originally drafted, in hopes of signing him.