Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen mentioned that they were hoping to get TE Fred Davis locked in to a long-term agreement for the franchise tag deadline.
“We franchised Fred because he was our most valuable free agent,” Allen said, per Grant Paulsen. ”We couldn’t get a deal done.’
The good news for them is that they’ll have plenty of time work on a new contract for Davis who is just 26 years old. As of now, Washington is looking at paying him $5.5 million for the upcoming season but a long-term agreement could lower that numbers impact on their salary cap but they already have plenty of money to work with during the offseason.
What was interesting about the their decision to tag Davis, as well as Allen’s comments, is that they seem to value him much more than S LaRon Landry who will be allowed to test the open market. Some felt that Landry was worthy of the tag but the team may have shied away from franchising him because of his Achilles tendon injury.