The Washington Redskins were widely expected to use the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis and that's what they did on Friday. ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. reports the Redskins have indeed placed the franchise tag on Davis, a four year veteran.
It was reported weeks ago that Davis was likely to be tagged so this isn't a big surprise. It's a very affordable year to franchise tag a tight end at about $5 million. The final franchise tag numbers aren't yet out but the league is expected to have them ready soon.
Davis' 2011 season was cut short due to a suspension for a failed drug test. That's definitely a concern but on the field he was solid catching 59 balls for 796 yards. The Redskins didn't have many receiving options last season so it's a no-brainer to keep one of the guys that still has potential. Davis is young and will get better. The real question in Washington is who will be throwing him the ball.