Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis told radio station 106.7 – The Fan on Tuesday evening that he has not asked to be traded.
Davis, 27, is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Once the team’s top pass catching tight end, the 2008 third-round draft pick has been supplanted by rookie tight end Jordan Reed.
The possibility of a trade was first reported by the web site ProFootballTalk.com on Monday. But it is unclear if teams are interested in Davis before the Oct. 29 NFL trade deadline.
“No, no. I didn’t request anything,” Davis said in a phone interview on the LaVar & Dukes program when asked if he’d asked to be traded.
Davis said he found out he’d be inactive on the day of the Chicago game. He wasn’t given a reason by the coaching staff and said he hasn’t spoken with head coach Mike Shanahan about his situation in “probably the last three or four weeks”, adding that he didn’t think anyone on the coaching staff needed to explain their thinking to him.
Shanahan told reporters on Monday that Davis not being on special teams played a role in his benching. The team also has Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul at tight end and chose to play reserve safety Trenton Robinson on Sunday because of his special teams experience. Reed has quickly become one of the top rookies in the NFL. He caught nine passes for 134 yards against the Bears.
“I guess they just feel they have a better option in Jordan and Logan playing,” Davis said. “I wish I could help the team any way I could. I know I can whenever I get the opportunity. But it hasn’t been the case this [season].”
Davis has caught just three balls for 25 yards in four games in 2013. He was inactive against Chicago and missed the Sept. 22 game against Detroit with an ankle injury. He has also only been targeted six times by quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“Fred’s been down because he’s been hurt in the past and now it’s based on who practices the best,” Shanahan said on Monday. “Just like we talked about, Jordan’s getting the opportunity to play a lot more because of what he’s done during the week. Sometimes when a guy gets hurt and then a guy gets an opportunity to play, he takes advantage of it.”
Last season, Davis appeared in seven games before sustaining a season-ending tear of his left Achilles tendon in an Oct. 21 game against the New York Giants. He was second on the Redskins with 796 receiving yards in 2011 and had 59 catches and three touchdowns. But Davis missed the final four games of that season for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
“At the end of the day I look at it as I’m a Redskin right now,” Davis said. “Until I hear differently, I want to help my team out any way I can until then. If I got to go to practice and do it until then and I get traded, something happens, then that’s what happens. Other than that, right now I’ve got to do a job. I’ve still got to be a pro. At the end of the day I don’t want to leave a bad taste in the mouth with any of the coaches. I’m never the type to give up like that.”