Fred Davis Re-Signs to Make RGIII's Life as Easy as Possible in Washington

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMarch 29, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04:   Fred Davis #83 of the Washington Redskins watches a play during a game against the New York Jets at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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With the remaining change left in their piggy bank, the Washington Redskins have come to their senses and made the most important move of their 2013 offseason by re-signing starting tight end Fred Davis to a one-year contract, according to CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir. 

Davis missed the majority of the 2012 season due to a torn Achilles, but he was Robert Griffin III's favorite target before that. Replacement Logan Paulsen did a decent job, but wasn't the same receiving weapon Davis is.

The 27-year-old might concern the 'Skins when it comes to the health of his Achilles—as well as his behavior, which has been a red flag throughout his career—but a one-year contract could force him to stay focused while putting forth the expected effort throughout 2013. 

We all know that the key for the Redskins is making life as easy as possible for Griffin, and that's why this move should have been a no-brainer from the get-go. Davis was RG3's primary safety valve during the first seven weeks of the season.

Before going down with that injury, he led the team with 24 receptions and 325 yards. Paulsen had just 20 catches and 210 yards in the final nine games. Davis was also much better in pass protection.

Don't underestimate that last factor when you consider that this is all about Griffin. 

The Redskins might have lucked out here. A great athlete with a hell of a résumé, Davis drew interest from several other teams on the open market. Ultimately, it's clear he wasn't landing a long-term deal anywhere else and so returning to Washington must have made the most sense. 

Had Davis not missed four games in 2011 due to a drug suspension and another 11 in 2012 due to injury, there's a good chance he'd be a Bill, a Brown or a Jet right now. Instead, he returns on a prove-it contract. If he delivers, the team will have plenty of cap space again to wrap him up on a long-term basis in 2014. 

It hasn't been a very lucky year for the 'Skins, who lost Griffin to a severe knee injury on Wild Card Weekend, didn't get cap relief after appealing to the league to lessen sanctions and couldn't be players on the open market. 

But today, some good news. With Davis on board, this is a better football team.