The Washington Times - March 9, 2013, 04:02PM

When the Redskins negotiated tight end Logan Paulsen’s new three-year contract, they told him they project him to continue as Fred Davis’ backup, Paulsen said Saturday afternoon.

Davis’ contract with the Redskins expires Tuesday at 4 p.m., at which time he would become an unrestricted free agent. He is recovering from surgery he had in late October to repair a torn left Achilles tendon.


“They said they want to bring Fred back,” Paulsen said. “Their goal is to have him be the starter.”

Paulsen said he has spoken with Davis.

“I think he wants to be back, from what I can gather,” Paulsen said. “We’ll see what happens because the salary cap thing is tough for the ‘Skins. I think they want to bring a whole of bunch of guys back, Fred being one of them. It’s just a matter of can they keep in the arms race of paying people.”

The Redskins were approximately $3 million over the 2013 salary cap entering the weekend, according to a source. They must be in compliance with their penalty-reduced cap by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Davis told ESPN980 radio on Tuesday he wants to re-sign with the Redskins.

“I definitely want to be here, man,” he said. “I got drafted here. This is the place I built and made my home now. This is definitely a good situation, and finally being a chance to get some Ws here, that’s definitely a good thing.”

Coach Mike Shanahan expressed a similar sentiment last month at the scouting combine.

“You’d love to see Fred back,” Shanahan told the team’s broadcast network. “Any time you have an Achilles, it’s going to set you back. You’ve got to work extremely hard in the offseason, because most of the time they say that you can come back at 80 percent - that’s still pretty good. You’re shooting for 90 percent, but very seldom do you come back at 100 percent.

“So I think the key to Fred coming back and playing at that high level is what he’s been doing since the injury. He’s been working extremely hard, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he comes back full speed. But you’d love to have him back.”

Davis, 27, has 1,973 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in five career seasons.