Redskins tight end Fred Davis will be an unrestricted free agent on March 12. He was designated the team’s franchise player in 2012, a move that guaranteed him a salary of $5.4 million.

He only lasted seven games. In the first quarter of the game against the Giants in the Meadowlands, Davis suffered a torn Achilles tendon, ending his season. At the time he was injured, he was leading the team in receiving with 24 catches for 325 yards. He had not scored a touchdown.

For the rest of the season, he was occasionally seen around Redskins Park as he worked on rehabbing what usually is about a six-month injury. Working on that timetable he should be ready for the start of offseason workouts in mid-April.

But where will he be taking part in those workouts? Will it be in Ashburn? Or in another NFL city? Both Davis and the Redskins have some decisions to make.

Here is my in-depth look at the options and what I think the Redskins should go.

Franchise tag again

If the Redskins franchise Davis again, he would have to make either the franchise tag amount for that season or 120 percent of last year’s salary. It seems unlikely that the salary that goes with the tag will to up much so we are looking at the tag making Davis’ tender worth about $6.5 million.


Should the Redskins take this route, Davis would have two options. He could sign it, which would immediately guarantee that salary for the season. Or he could refuse to sign and stay away from offseason workouts and even training camp in hopes of getting a long-term deal.

It would be very unusual for a player coming off of an injury such as Davis’ to refuse to sign the tag. It’s a possibility but if the Redskins offer the tag there’s a very good chance that Davis will be on board with it.