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Report: TE Davis re-signs with Skins

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2013 – 8:52 am

A day after visiting the Bills, free agent TE Fred Davis made the decision to return to the Redskins.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Davis agreed to a one-year deal to re-sign with the team that made him a second-round pick in 2008.

Davis had reduced his choices to the Bills and Redskins last night after canceling a planned visit to the Jets.

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Davis down to Bills & Skins

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2013 – 11:08 pm

Washington free agent TE Fred Davis said he wanted to weigh all his options before making a decision on where he’s going to be playing football in 2013. Apparently Davis already made a decision as he reduced his list of potential teams to from three to two.

According to ProFootballTalk Davis has crossed the New York Jets off his list and will not make his scheduled visit to the Jets facility in Fairlawn, NJ.

The decision is interesting considering he said the following at the conclusion of his visit with the Bills at One Bills Drive.

“I will still see other teams. It’s a business,” said Davis. “You always have to see all your options before you make a decision. I won’t make any fast decision. I want to wait and make sure I’m all the way confident and go from there.”

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Davis has contract offers from Buffalo and Washington, but if the above is true a decision by the tight end may not be imminent.

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Davis sees Bills adding QB in draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2013 – 5:09 pm

It’s certainly not a new opinion, but after spending the day talking to Bills coaches and front office staff, free agent TE Fred Davis was asked to assess the Buffalo quarterback situation knowing it has an impact on his free agent decision. Davis didn’t dismiss Buffalo becasue of their current situation at the most important position. He believes Buffalo will add a QB in the draft.

“I feel confident in the situation and what they’re going to do with the direction that they’re headed,” said Davis while visiting at One Bills Drive Thursday. “I think they have a good chance to get somebody that can play and when you add pieces around that player it’s going to make that player better as well. So I think they can definitely do that here.”

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Report: Bills give Davis offer

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2013 – 4:34 pm

Free agent TE Fred Davis will leave Buffalo without signing a deal, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter he’ll be leaving with a contract offer.

Davis is scheduled to visit with the Jets next, and made it clear he wants to weigh all his options before making a decision.

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Davis on Redskins loyalties

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2013 – 12:37 pm

He’s paying a free agent visit to the Bills today, but when he was asked if his heart was still with the Redskins a couple of days ago this was Fred Davis’ answer.

Appearing on PFC internet radio Tuesday, Davis was asked that question. This was his response after confirming he was visiting the Bills.

“This is a team that I got drafted to. I’ve never been on any other team. I would love to stay in Washington, but it’s a business,” said Davis. “So if there are other opportunities that can benefit me and if the Bills gave me an opportunity to go, they still have a lot of talent on their team as well. They have good receivers, good defense and they have a lot of other qualities where I could help out.  I could actually be a piece added to it.”

Sounds like he’s trying to keep his options open.

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Free agent TE Davis in the building

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2013 – 12:05 pm has confirmed that Washington free agent TE Fred Davis is in the building at One Bills Drive on a free agent visit.

Davis arrived in town this morning and completed his physical with team doctors. He’s now touring the team’s facility and will be meeting with Bills coaches this afternoon.

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Davis doesn’t mind presence of Chandler

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2013 – 12:14 pm

Free agent tight end Fred Davis, who said he’ll be visiting the Bills Thursday, is well aware that the Bills have a capable starting tight end in Scott Chandler on the roster. Much like Davis, Chandler is coming off major offseason surgery. Chandler is coming off an ACL repair, while Davis had his ruptured Achilles re-attached. But Davis likes the idea of the two of them together on the field.

Appearing on PFC radio Wednesday, Davis was asked about the presence of Chandler on Buffalo’s roster and how it was explained to him by the Bills brass in his dinner with them last weekend.

“(I felt good about) just the conversation we had and the offense with what we would do if I was there,” Davis said. “Me and Chandler together if he comes back healthy I’m sure there would be a lot of two tight end sets. I saw what he did making plays and scoring touchdowns. He’s the red zone man up there.”

Davis also knows the Bills are likely to draft a quarterback and sees that development as a good thing for a tight end too. 

“The offense that they’re running, it’s very tight end friendly and if you add a rookie QB the tight end is the safety net,” said Davis. “So there would be a lot of opportunities and whoever the other tight end would be.”

Davis said more than once that he’s not looking to be a star addition, just a contributor wherever he lands in the free agent market.

“If I can help and be a piece to the puzzle, that’s all that really matters to me,” he said. “I’m not a big town guy, what matters to me is being on a good team with good people around you with good coaches that can help you win.”

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Free agent Davis liked Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2013 – 12:07 pm

Washington free agent TE Fred Davis said he’s going to be making a free agent visit to Buffalo on Thursday. He also talked about his first impression of Bills head coach Doug Marrone after meeting him over dinner last weekend.

Appearing on PFC Radio Wednesday morning, Davis said he sat down over dinner with Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon, GM Buddy Nix, head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. When asked for his initial impressions of Marrone, Davis said he came away impressed.

“I think when you meet him, just talking to him, he seems like a player’s coach, down to earth and real and that’s something with a lot of coaches you don’t get a chance to see,” said Davis. “He was really cool and all the things he talked about you can tell he’s a humble guy that doesn’t make choices because of money. It’s more about what he wants to do in life.”

Davis said he got a “good vibe” from the Bills brass.

“We’ll see what happens when I get there,” said Davis. “I had a good feeling with them. They’re a good group of guys.”

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Davis: I’m visiting Bills this week

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2013 – 11:56 am

Washington free agent TE Fred Davis already had dinner with the Bills brass over the weekend. Appearing on PFC radio, Davis confirmed he’ll be making a visit to One Bills Drive this week.

“I leave tomorrow morning for Buffalo,” Davis told Pro Football Central radio host Brian Harrington Tuesday.

Even though Davis might be traveling Wednesday, his visit to the facility may not happen until the following day.

Davis said he also has a visit lined up with the Jets “in a couple of days.”

The talented tight end is coming off of a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered last October, but said he’s already running.

“I feel good right now,” Davis said. “I’m only four and a half months out of my surgery and I’m already running and stuff so I know what I’m going to be able to do this year. I will be back to 100 percent.”

He insists he’ll be full go by mid-June, which sounds very amibitious. Typically torn Achilles require 11-12 months of rehabilitation. Davis’ physical will likely be the determining factor in assessing just when he can be expected to get full medical clearance to play again.

The tight end, who insisted he’s more than just a pass catching threat talked about his initial meeting with the Bills saying he dined with President & CEO Russ Brandon, GM Buddy Nix, head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

“It was a good vibe,” said Davis. “It was more positive than I thought. I talked to them and they’re a good group of guys. I respected what they were talking about and it interesting. It was a good showing.”

In the next breath he did admit that the quarterback situation is a factor.

“That’s the main part of any team. You need that quarterback and you need that leadership,” he said. “I’m sure whatever they do they’re going to go in the draft and try to get someone or make something happen. That’s something you have to think about, but I’m sure they have a plan for that, which every team hopes to have. I hope it works out. That’s an interesting situation.”

At the same time it sounds like Davis wants to look at all his options before making a decision, which means his visit with the Jets could go on as scheduled after his scheduled visit to Buffalo.

“I just want to see where the best opportunity is to be able to win,” said Davis. “I had a great conversation with the Bills. The head coach was really cool. The offensive coordinator was cool. The GM and the president they were all great guys. I had a good time. We had a lot of good conversation about football and life. I liked the conversation we had, but it’s a business so you’ve got to see all your options and then make a decision. You can’t just make a decision after seeing one choice.”

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The key factor for Bills with Davis

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2013 – 12:11 am

There’s no debating that free agent TE Fred Davis is probably one of the best remaining talents on the market at his position, but there’s a reason why. That reason figures to be a determining factor in whether the Bills prove to be Davis’ next landing spot.

Davis suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season in Week 7 and was placed on injured reserve. Recovery time is typically a year, which would bring him to mid-October 2013 before he gets on the field. Davis told NFL Network last week that he’s “a little bit” ahead of schedule for what it’s worth.

The rub for Buffalo is they already have an availability question mark at tight end in Scott Chandler, who is coming off of offseason ACL surgery. Davis’ projected recovery will no doubt be examined and assessed more than once by the Bills and the other clubs reportedly interested (Cleveland, NY Jets, Washington).

Obviously Davis’ talent has teams, including the Bills, willing to take a closer look despite the severity of the injury. Closer inspection however, could reveal an availability situation not all that different from what Buffalo already has with Chandler.

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Report: TE Davis to visit Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2013 – 7:28 pm

Washington free agent TE Fred Davis will reportedly make a free agent visit to 1 Bills Drive Wednesday.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who made the report Sunday evening. has confirmed that the Bills met with Davis Saturday night.

Davis is trying to return from an Achilles injury that landed him on injured reserve last season.

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