By re-signing tight end Fred Davis Friday, as well as retaining fellow tight end Logan Paulsen and restructuring receiver Santana Moss’s contract earlier this month, the Redskins have managed to keep intact the corps of skill players who helped quarterback Robert Griffin III achieve his record-setting rookie campaign.

That didn’t appear too likely just a short time ago because of the spending restrictions the Redskins are living with after losing $18 million in salary cap space for a second straight season. The NFL penalized the team for the way it structured some contracts in 2010, when there was no salary cap.

But Washington worked out a cap-friendly deal with Paulsen, who had been a restricted free agent. And the team avoided releasing Moss (who led the team with seven touchdown catches last season) by reducing his base salary by $2 million while giving him the opportunity to earn that money back through incentives.

This week, the Redskins retained Davis on a deal that suits their current cap situation but gives the USC product the chance to prove he can make a full recovery from surgery that repaired a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon. If he’s successful, Davis will set himself up for a big pay day next offseason.