Risk, reward to keeping Davis

Risk, reward to keeping Davis
February 9, 2012, 3:05 pm
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Amid a report the Redskins will place the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis, some thoughts:Because so many of the leagues elite tight ends arent first-round picks, the value of the tag isnt nearly as expensive as other skill positions. From that perspective, its not a huge financial risk on the Redskins part.The reason to tag Davis is because at the time of his suspension, he was the Redskins most valuable offensive player, catching 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. And he was durable he was playing nearly every snap.The obvious risk is that Davis is one failed drug test from sitting out an entire season. But at some point, there has to be a level of trust and the Redskins have to hope hes been scared straight and realizes the impact of another positive test would have on his teammates (hurt their offense) and his career (fizzled).Because of that suspension cloud, I would be surprised if this changed Chris Cooleys status for next year. He was shut down after only five games, eight catches and no touchdowns because of a broken finger, but mostly due to a bum knee. If his wheel is repaired, Cooley was confident last month he could return to form.If the Redskins can finally put their two tight ends on the field together, it gives the offense some hope. Both Davis and Cooley are comfortable lining up all over the field, from out wide to fullback. Davis is a 50-50 proposition as a run blocker, but Cooley has been steady in that department. But the way they will help this offense is by taking advantage of match-up problems against linebackers.Contact OHalloran atrohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com