Which Redskins Free-Agent Signing Was the Best Move of the Offseason?

Dilan AmesCorrespondent IApril 2, 2013

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis.
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis.Rob Carr/Getty Images

This year’s free agency period has been a pretty uneventful one in Washington, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they haven’t helped themselves. 

For the most part, the Redskins have worked to maintain their roster from last year; they re-signed key free agents such as tight end Fred Davis and veteran defensive end Kedric Golston.

They have also brought on two former Tampa Bay Buccaneers to bolster their two biggest needs in offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood and cornerback E.J. Biggers. Washington also signed pass-rusher Darryl Tapp to aid their already talented linebacker corps. 

While each of these signings are of good quality, it is up for debate as to which free agent will have the biggest pay-out. Sure, each of these players will likely have an impact on the team, but there is one guy who was simply a must-have. 

Although he missed a large part of last year with an Achilles injury, Davis is arguably the best, most consistent offensive weapon that the Redskins have on the roster. In his five-year career, he has proven to be a reliable option in the passing game for Washington. 

It is no secret that a dependable tight end is a young quarterback’s best friend, and the chemistry between Davis and Robert Griffin III will surely take the next step in 2013. While RG3 showed much promise last season, there is still room to improve and space for development—things that Davis should definitely help with. 

The main reason why he is the best signing of the Redskins’ offseason isn’t because he necessarily fills a need, it’s because his departure would’ve left a big gap in Washington’s tight end situation. 

With the team likely parting ways with fan-favorite free agent Chris Cooley for good, Logan Paulsen being a blocker for the most part and Niles Paul still a project at the position, losing Davis would’ve created a monstrous hole on the offensive side of the ball. 

While some expected Davis to return to Washington all along, he did flirt with other teams such as the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. However, he only visited with the Bills. 

His best season came in 2011 when he caught 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns, all in just 12 games. It seemed as though he was ready to have a break-out season in 2012 until his untimely injury against the New York Giants in Week 7, but it looks like he will be medically cleared to play in June, according to Mike Jones of The Washington Post

He may not be the best player on the Redskins’ roster, but Washington is definitely a better team with him.