Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — After exploring the free agent market, Fred Davis has signed a one-year deal to return to the Washington Redskins. The team confirmed the signing Friday morning.
The unrestricted free agent had recently visited with the Buffalo Bills who reportedly extended a two-year contract offer to the tight end. Buffalo was eager to get Davis under contract on Thursday, but the tight end chose to come back to Washington shortly before midnight according to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen.
Davis also canceled a scheduled meeting with the New York Jets on Thursday.
Davis, who received the franchise tender last season, also drew interest from the Cleveland Browns who ultimately went in another direction.
The 27-year-old tight end is doing his best to squash injury concerns as he continues to recover from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Davis, who is entering his sixth NFL season, recently stated that he was ahead of schedule with his rehab.
Robert Griffin III connected with Davis 24 times before the tight end was lost for the season in Week 7.
Logan Paulsen, who moved into the starting lineup following Davis’ injury last year, has also re-signed with the Redskins.
The short-term contract can work in Davis’ favor if he’s able to remain healthy and productive for 16 games. The USC product’s last two seasons have been cut short by a drug-related suspension and injury. He was named the team’s offensive player in the year in 2011 despite being suspended the final four games of the year.
Washington will not be limited by salary cap penalties next season and will be in a position to offer a potentially lucrative, long-term contract.
Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
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