Free agent tight end Fred Davis re-signed a 1-year deal with the Washington Redskins on Friday, a move that keeps intact one of the NFL’s best offenses from a season ago.
A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. The person requested anonymity because the Redskins have not announced the signing. Financial terms were not available.
UPDATE: The Redskins announced they have re-signed Davis but did not disclose terms.
Davis, 27, is recovering from October surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles’ tendon. He currently is able to run on the treadmill. The Redskins expect him to be at or near full fitness later this spring, but it’s unknown whether he will be able to fully participate in parts of the offseason program.
If he regains his athleticism, he would be one of Washington’s top offensive contributors. He was their best blocking tight end last season, in addition to his speed and agility running pass routes.
He had 325 receiving yards on 24 receptions in seven games last season before he tore his Achilles.
Washington’s offense led the NFL in yards per play last season despite a receiving corps affected by injuries. Starting receivers Pierre Garcon (foot) and Josh Morgan (ankle) played hurt. Garcon missed six games. Morgan, although he didn’t miss any games, had postseason surgery.
Davis visited Buffalo on Thursday but cancelled Friday’s scheduled visit to the New York Jets.
The NFL suspended Davis for the last four games of 2011 for violating its policy against illegal substances. That prompted the Redskins to use the franchise tag on him last offseason instead of re-signing him to a long-term deal. Davis’ injury in 2012 was another obstacle between him and a long-term contract. Now, he’s effectively betting on himself to stay on the field and produce in 2013 in order to earn a payday next offseason.