by Chuck Carroll

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Fred Davis signed his franchise tender on Friday and will officially return to the Washington Redskins next season.

Despite playing in just 12 games last season, the 26-year-old Davis posted career numbers with 59 receptions and 796 receiving yards, fourth-most in a single season by a tight end in Redskins history.

In four seasons with the Redskins, Davis has a total of 131 catches for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Davis, along with left tackle Trent Williams, was suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season following a second failed drug test. A third failure would result in a mandatory year-long suspension from the NFL.

The franchise tag designation will earn Davis $5.446 million next season.

Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen stated recently Davis was the Redskins most valuable free agent and they hoped to get a longer-term deal done with the USC product.

In other Redskins news, the team signed free agent cornerback Cedric Griffin and visited with former New York Giants corner Aaron Ross on Friday.


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