The NFL’s 4 p.m. trade deadline passed on Tuesday without the Washington Redskins dealing tight end Fred Davis, according to a team source.
Davis, 27, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He had figured in trade rumors over the past week. Once the team’s top pass-catching tight end, the 2008 third-round draft pick has been supplanted by rookie Jordan Reed and was inactive the last two weeks.
Washington also has a pair of blocking tight ends in Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul, both of whom are key special teams players. Davis does not play special teams. Given Reed’s emergence – 34 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns in the first six games of his career – Davis was expendable if the Redskins chose to go that route.
For his part, Davis denied requesting a trade during an interview on the LaVar and Dukes Show last week with radio station 106.7 – The Fan. Davis had an ankle injury that kept him out of a Sept. 22 game against Detroit. But he appeared healthy enough to play the past two games against Chicago and Denver and was instead benched. Davis has caught just three passes for 25 yards in four games.
“I just want to be able to play. That’s what I prefer. I prefer to be playing,” Davis told 106.7 – The Fan last Tuesday. “There’s plays out there that I know that I can make, too. So with assets like that I feel I’m gonna help my team out in any kind of way. I don’t want to be released. I don’t want to be cut. Right now I’m a Redskin…But if I don’t get a chance to [play] and they feel there’s a better opportunity for me somewhere else to play and a team that needs me, needs my ability to go out there and make plays, then that’s what I need to do.”
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. In 2011, he was second on the Redskins with 796 receiving yards 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.
Meanwhile, the Redskins did make one roster move on Tuesday when they waived free safety Jordan Pugh. Brought back last week to replace the suspended Brandon Meriweather, Pugh played 10 snaps in the Redskins’ 45-21 road loss to the Broncos on Sunday and had a 16-yard interception return and a tackle, both in the fourth quarter. Meriweather was reinstated from the reserve/suspended list by the team on Tuesday, filling Pugh’s spot on the roster.