Shanahan: Redskins Still Hoping to Keep Fred Davis

by Grant Paulsen

It has been known for some time that the Redskins would like to re-sign tight end Fred Davis, currently an unrestricted free agent.

While speaking at the NFC coaches breakfast at the NFL’s annual owner’s meetings on Wednesday, Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan gave more detail on the team’s desire to retain Davis, who has spent his entire five-year career with Washington.

“Obviously we’ve been talking to [his agent] Drew Rosenhaus,” Shanahan said about the ongoing negotiations. “We’ll let the process take care of itself.”

When asked if he thinks the Redskins will be able to re-sign Davis, Shanahan said he was “hoping” Washington was able to do so. But the Redskins aren’t the only team courting Davis and the baggage that comes along with him — thanks to a 2012 Achilles injury and a 2011 drug suspension.

“I’m sure what Fred’s doing is looking at all his options,” Shanahan said. “His agent is looking at all his options. They know where we stand and we’re dealing with a cap situation that’s a little tough right now. We’ve got to weigh everything and put our best football team together we possibly can.”

Davis played in just seven games before suffering a season-ending Achilles tear in October. But in his last healthy season Davis flourished as a play-making, matchup nightmare in Kyle Shanahan’s passing game, catching 59 passes for 796 yards in just 12 games before being suspended for multiple failed drug tests.

“I’ve talked to Fred a couple times,” Shanahan admitted about his team’s offseason quest to re-sign the former second-round pick.

If the Redskins can’t re-sign Davis there is a chance that Washington would still try to add a veteran tight end at some point. Former undrafted free agent Logan Paulsen and converted wide receiver Niles Paul are the only two tight ends with game experience on Washington’s current roster.

“Logan played pretty good as a starter last year,” Shanahan said. “We want as much depth as we can. We count on the tight ends making play for us but I feel good with Logan and Niles. You’re always going to bring four or five tight ends to camp, probably five.”

The Redskins are hoping Davis ends up being one of those five.

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