A day after visiting the Bills in Orchard Park N.Y., Fred Davis is returning home.
A league source has confirmed that the tight end re-signed with the Redskins on Friday morning. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who first reported the signing in the media, the contract is for one year.
Since becoming a free agent on March 12, Davis was linked to Bills, Browns and Jets. In the end, though, Davis chose to stick with the only team he’s known in his five NFL seasons and, more important, continue to catch passes from the best quarterback among the clubs that had shown interest in him.
Although Davis’ 2012 season was cut short by a torn Achilles’ tendon, the 27-year-old had established chemistry with quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“Playing with him takes a lot off of me,” Davis told NFL Network last Friday. “Because defenses have to worry about him, then they have to worry about Alfred [Morris], and now they have worry about Pierre [Garçon]. We have a lot of weapons and if I was to stay here, I feel I definitely can, with a lot one-on-one coverage and people not worrying too much about me, I could do a lot of damage. Which we started doing [before] I got hurt.”
The one-year agreement appears to make solid sense for both sides. It’s a low-risk move for the Redskins, who have said they want to monitor Davis’ recovery. And for Davis, he’s essentially betting on himself. If he returns healthy, puts up impressive numbers and stays out of trouble, he’ll be set up for a more lucrative, longer term deal in Washington (or elsewhere) in 2014.
And although he flirted with other teams, Davis made it known that he hoped to remain a Redskin.
“This is the team I got drafted to. This is all I know,” Davis said. “And we’re finally starting pick it up, get all the right pieces to [contend.]”
In the same interview last week with the league-owned network, he also vowed to return from the injury sooner than expected.