According to The Washington Times, the Redskins hope to bring back Davis and told Paulsen as much during contract negotiations:
They said they want to bring Fred back. Their goal is to have him be the starter. I think he wants to be back, from what I can gather. 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.
After Robert Griffin III's incredible rookie season, the task for the Redskins will be surrounding him with enough talent. Adding Pierre Garcon last offseason was a great move and paid off to the tune of 633 yards and four touchdowns.
Davis gives the Redskins a weapon at the tight-end position. He racked up 325 yards on 31 catches in the seven games he played before tearing his Achilles tendon. If Davis can prove that he's getting healthy and can get back to his old self, the Redskins need to bring him back.
A big reason for doing so is that the team is likely to part ways with Santana Moss, who was second on the team in receiving yards last season. CBSSports' Jason La Canfora tweeted out this news:
In addition to releasing CB DeAngelo Hall, as expected, Skins also highly likely to release Santana Moss and Adam Carriker. Need cap space— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2013
Moments later, he indicated that the Redskins could look to bring back Moss, but with a reduced contract:
Skins could end reworking deals for Moss and Carriker rather than outright releasing them, if can save cap that way. otherwise few options— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2013
Either way, the Redskins need to get more options on offense and help for Griffin. Too often, he was forced to carry the passing attack while Alfred Morris led the attack on the ground.
Davis gives them another option through the air and a player that can help out on the line as well. He's made a living in the passing game and has also improved his blocking throughout his five-year NFL career.
It's hard to imagine that Davis will command a ton of money. He's coming off a serious injury and has missed 13 games over the last two seasons. He should be cheap enough and when he's healthy, Davis is definitely a legitimate threat.
Without a first-round pick, the Redskins would be wise to re-sign their own offensive weapon and look to add more talent on offense with later picks.
The Redskins need to re-sign Davis to give their passing attack more punch next season.