WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Fred Davis signing a one-year deal to remain with the Washington Redskins is a huge risk for a 27-year-old tight end that could potentially have only one big contract in his future.
Former Redskin LaRon Landry put himself in a similar situation and was rewarded with a long-term deal to put him on his second team in two seasons.
In a weird twist of fate, when Landry inked his one-year deal with the Jets in 2012, he was also coming off a devastating Achilles injury – as Davis is – and refused to have his ankle surgically repaired.
As a result, he found himself on a new team and in the position of backing up that belief in himself with results on the field.
Landry took a titanic risk, and it paid off in the form of a four-year, $24 million sign of good faith by the Indianapolis Colts.
The distinguishing difference is Davis did elect to have surgery, the results from which will reveal themselves in due time.
“They expect him to be ready to roll by summer,” JP of the Junkies said on 106.7 The Fan.
“I don’t really care what they say,” EB responded. “It’s a torn Achilles. It’s the worst injury you can have. But if he’s back at 100 percent, it gives them amazing depth.”
The tight end flirted with other teams: the Jets, Browns and Bills, the latter of which even extended a two-year offer.
And while returning on a one-year deal is risky, it’s the optimal outcome for the Redskins organization.
“And we haven’t seen financial terms of the deal but we know it’s not a deal that broke the bank for the Redskins, because they just don’t have the money to spend,” Cakes pointed out.
“The bank’s already broke!” EB exclaimed.
It’s true that Washington wasn’t in position to offer Davis the type of financial boon he sought – which could ultimately work out in the team’s favor – but the Redskins may not have extended a multi-year deal even if they weren’t strapped for cash.
By the time the 2013 NFL season kicks off, more than a year and a half will have passed since Davis posted a career-high 59 catches for nearly 800 yards, and he’s only approached the 50-catch mark one other time in his five seasons in the league.
Like Landry, he believes he can be an elite player at his position.
All that’s left is for him to take the field and prove it.
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