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Report: Redskins will place franchise tag on TE Fred Davis

First reported by Redskins beat man Chris Russell of ESPN980 AM: NFL sources indicate that the Redskins have placed the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis.

According to our friend Rich Tandler of

The fifth-year tight end will receive a guaranteed 2012 salary of approximately $5.4 million. He would have been an unrestricted free agent had the Redskins not put the franchise tag on him.

Davis was among the team’s leading receivers through 12 games but he was suspended for the final four games due to a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Another violation could result in a one-year suspension for Davis.

Davis finished the season with 59 receptions for 796 yards and three touchdowns

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One Response to “Report: Redskins will place franchise tag on TE Fred Davis”

  1. 007 says:

    I don’t understand why a player who is ‘tagged’ and thereby rewarded with a million dollar raise can continue to be paid if he abuses the NFL substance abuse policy. That doesn’t seem right. Get a raise, smoke weed, lay out a year, and become a FA? Seems to me he should forfeit his pay under those circumstances. I mean, he has no incentive not to. Heck, he could leave the NFL behind at that point, a wealthy young man with a relatively injury free body. Under those circumstances, I might be tempted.

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